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.

Fruit Tree
24" x 20"
Alberoi Bazile
born 1920, Jacmel, Haiti


Bazile has become known for his extraordinary use of bold colors.

It had been rumored that Bazile, sometime during the 30-year reign of François "Papa Doc” Duvalier, was arrested because some of the themes in his paintings irritated government officials. (Being thrown into jail in Haiti, especially at that time, was akin to being thrown into the fires of hell.) After his release, he chose to paint only innocuous renditions of fish, fruit, and fruit trees, and Biblical depictions, such as Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

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