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Haitian art signed colorful naive painting of lion in tropical fantasy forest
An oil on Masonite panel painting, 12 3/4" by 16 3/4" simply framed, signed at lower center "J. CHARLEMAGNE" (the "J." possibly standing for "Jean". On the reverse, faintly, is the word "Jacmel" for the town in southern Haiti where this was painted. An electric orange lion faces the viewer while standing in a fantasy scene of blue and red leaves on a green background. This is classic Haitian art that might have came back to the states in the baggage of a 1960's or 1970's visitor to the island nation, at a time when tourism was still vigorous. There is some information online which says that the artist left Haiti for New York in the 1970's, working there as a dishwasher at one of the art museum restaurants. That information also suggests that he tried to catch the attention of the executives, in order to have them stage an exhibition of his works, which evidently never happened. Condition is excellent. The painting would look great in a child's room.
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