Hector Hyppolite (Haitian,1894-1948), "Nature Morte", faint signature lower right, exhibition label verso, 28"h x 22"w (board), 30"h x 24"w (frame) - PROVENANCE: The Collection of Robert D. Graff; Exhibited American British Art Center, NY - NOTES/LITERATURE: Born in Saint-Marc, Haiti, Hyppolite was a third generation Vodou priest, or Houngan. Andre Breton traveled to Haiti in 1945 with Cuban artist Wifredo Lam where he purchased 5 paintings and subsequently wrote about Hyppolite's work in "Surrealism and Painting". Breton's regard for Hyppolite's work brought Hyppolite and Haitian painting to a wider audience. In January 1947 Hyppolite exhibited at a UNESCO exhibition in Paris and received an enthusiastic reception.
Fair, one 2" crack by upper left edge with associate paint loss, craquelure, small scattered paint losses, surface scratches, particularly upper right