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date: 10 April 2020

Bigaud, Wilsonlocked

(b Port-au-Prince, Jan 29, 1931; d 2010).
  • Dolores M. Yonker


(b Port-au-Prince, Jan 29, 1931; d 2010).

Haitian painter and draftsman. He was introduced to the Centre d’Art in Port-au-Prince by Hector Hippolyte, his neighbor at the time, when he was only 15; his seriousness and tenacity were already apparent. From the first his drawings were densely detailed. Working towards a mastery of color as well as an illusion of volume modeled in light and dark, Bigaud demonstrated a mature command of his art in the great Terrestrial Paradise (1952; Port-au-Prince, Mus. A. Haït.), painted when he was just 21. He has been called a popular realist, as he delighted in the festivals of carnival and Rara, representing them in full action and colorful detail. His Self-portrait in the Carnival Costume of the Fancy Indian (WI, Flagg priv. col.) demonstrates his love for lush detail and the golden colors that suffuse many of his paintings. His genre scenes are material rather than dreamlike, solid, and respectful of the limitations of naturalism. The ritual and mystery of Vodoun are presented as he observed them in reality. His masterpiece in Ste.-Trinité Episcopal Cathedral in Port-au-Prince, the ...

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