Dec 10, 2020 - Sale 2554

Sale 2554 - Lot 44

Price Realized: $ 1,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
PETION SAVAIN (1906 - 1973)
Les Marchandes de Bamboo.

Oil on masonite board, in a hand-carved wooden frame, 1966. 508x610 mm; 20x24 inches. Signed and dated in oil, lower right.

Provenance: acquired directly from the artist; private collection, Toronto (1967). On the verso are many printed clippings about the artist pasted to the board by the collector.

Petion Savain, a prolific Haitian painter and writer, is considered one of the founding fathers of modern art in Haiti. Born in Port-au-Prince, Savain studied at the Haitian School of Agronomy from which he received a degree in law. By his early thirties, Savain had became a newspaper columnist, lawyer, teacher, and author. The Chicago artist Walter Edouard Scott met Savain in Port-au-Prince in 1930 and encouraged his painting. He also studied at the Art Students League in New York in 1941, and Savain began showing widely in the US - beginning at Atlanta University in 1942. He has been included in many recent art historical surveys of Haitian art published in Haiti, France and the United States.