Dec 10, 2020 - Sale 2554

Sale 2554 - Lot 46

Price Realized: $ 1,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
Jonah et la Baleine.

Oil on cotton canvas, 1970. 406x502 mm; 16x19 3/4 inches. Signed and dated "2/70" in oil, lower right

Provenance: acquired directly from the artist; private collection, Toronto (1971). On the verso are many printed clippings about the artist pasted to the stretcher bars by the collector.

This charming Biblical scene of Jonah and the whale is a typical subject for this well-regarded modern Haitian painter. Jean-Baptiste Bottex was from Port Margot in northern Haiti. Largely self-taught, Bottex painted both scenes from the Bible and of daily Haitian life. His works were displayed at the Centre d'Art in Port-au-Prince. He and his younger brother, Seymour Bottex, (born 1922), also a noted painter, shared a studio where they trained younger artists.