Georges Liautaud Haitian Metail Art Master Haiti Vodou
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Arte del Pueblo
Jose Zelaya, Director
Showcasing important visual artists from Haiti
Georges Liautaud (1899-1991)
Haitian Metal Art Master Haiti
19 x 14 1/2 inches
Exhibited and cataloged: Bass Museum (2006), Allegories of Haitian Life
The curators of this exhibition write about this piece: "This joyful female figure with her hair in a pony tail and wearing high heels demonstrates Liautaud's adaptability within this medium to portray the people around him and genius to convey their emotional states witin this flat, colorless form".
George Liautaud was the originator and master of metal sculpture from discarded oil barrels in Haiti. He invented the idea of making sculpture from discarded oil barrels. He has pieces in the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York as well as other museums internationally. Liautaud remains the strongest sculptures to come from Haiti.
Georges Liautaud, a black-smith based in the town of Croix-des-Bouquets, was approached in 1953 by DeWitt Peters, an American painter and founder of the Centre d'Art school and artists' cooperative in Port-au-Prince. Impressed by Liautaud's wrought-iron grave markers, Peters urged him to expand his repertory of subjects and images, and to create independent works of art for sale. Using scrap iron from empty oil barrels, Liautaud created cutout figures with lively, expressive silhouettes that represent Vodou deities and spirit possession.