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  • Georges Auguste
    born 1933
    born: Petit-Goâve, Haiti
  • untitled, circa 1961
  • Where object was made: Haiti
  • oil or acrylic on canvas
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 29 3/4 x 23 1/2 in
    Canvas/Support: 30 x 24 in
  • Gift of Patricia J. Graham in memory of her parents, Ruth and Arthur Graham
  • Not on display
  • 2017.0092
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"The Ties that Bind: Haiti, the United States, and the Art of Ulrick Jean-Pierre in Comparative Perspective", 08-Sep-2018
The success of the Haitian Revolution directly led to the evolution of Haiti as it exists today. Many 20th-century Haitian artists find inspiration in the more mundane and everyday culture of
contemporary Haiti. Auguste shows a colorful domestic scene of a home amidst a lush landscape, populated by a family that farms the land and prepares food while a child listens to the radio. A more frenetic energy animates Orelus’s depiction of people
dancing in celebration. Both works provide a glimpse into the dynamic lives of the everyday Haitians whose ancestors fought for freedom from slavery and colonialism centuries earlier.