Haitian Art Collection

Donated by Gladys Kinoian Lujan '56

The following art works have been donated by Gladys Kinoian Lujan '56. View thumbnails of the Haitian Art Collection, or click on one of the links below to go directly to an item.


Country Wedding
18" x 40"
André Normil
born in Haiti


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Normil joined the Centre d'Art in 1951 and became immediately known for his enchantingly humorous and clever renderings of scenes from daily life, the Bible, and Carnival events. Because he pays painstaking attention to detail, as can be seen in this painting, it takes him a while to complete a canvas.

I (Gladys Kinoian Lujan) was fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit Normil and several others while they were at work in their basement studio in the Issa el Saieh art Gallery. It was uplifting to be a witness first to their talents and second to their witty banter and mutual teasing. Normil was usually the instigator, and the others would chuckle or chortle over his witticisms, then add a few of their own. His sense of humor is evident in many of his paintings. But because he painted in such a leisurely fashion and in such great detail, his productivity wasn't quite what it could have been. This appeared not to bother him, however. Nor did he ever seem to be consumed by the self-doubt or the demons that some of the other artists experienced.

Text by Gladys Kinoian Lujan, Class of '56, Bryant College