Salnave Philippe Auguste, Jungle Scene, dated 1962
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Salnave Philippe-Auguste (1908-1989),
Jungle Africaine, Oil on Masonite, Dimensions: 47 by 20 in., Signed and Dated 1962, Provenance: Rev.Chase, NY; Naive Art, NY; John French, NY. A self-educated lawyer, Philippe-Auguste did not begin to paint until he was fifty years old in 1958. In 1960, he joined the Centre d'Art and created in his art a personal universe where animals from Africa and human beings lived together in a fantastic countryside, representing a version of Haiti's ecological "paradise lost". The artist employs vivid colors and makes striking use of flat surface textures. His paintings are dominated by the female figure, often with winged female nudes. Philippe-Auguste is an "old master" of Haitian painting, whose art has been sought after by collectors for many decades.