Acrylic on Canvas / 23"x48" (including frame)
Jacques Enguerrand Gourgue was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 1930. His father was a French psychiatrist and his mother was said to have been a Voodoo priestess. Gourgue started painting at an early age, without formal training, and his work typically depicts scenes of rural Haitian life and voodoo ceremonies. He came to the Centre d’Art in Port-au-Prince in 1947, and by 1948 one of his works, “The Magic Table”, was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where it still forms part of the museum’s permanent collection. In 1949, at the tender age of 18, he was awarded the gold medal at an exhibition commemorating the bicentennial of the founding of Port-au-Prince.
In the 1950’s and 1960’s, his “Spanish period”, Gourgue’s work was heavily influenced by Pablo Picasso. During that time, Gourgue moved to Madrid, Spain, where his painting style continued to evolve. His works have been exhibited throughout Europe and the United States, and have been auctioned by Christie’s and Sotheby’s of New York. He is one of the acknowledged masters of Haitian art.
Gourgue died in 1996.