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Petion Savain


Petion Savain was a lawyer, novelist, and painter. Savain, regarded as one of the founding fathers of Haitian painting, began painting in the 1920s and received a medal from the Gallery of Science and Art in 1939. In 1941, he traveled to New York to study with Jean Charlot at the Art Students League. As a leader of the "Indigeneous School," a precursor to the fine arts movement that began with the Centre' D'Art in 1941 and artists such as Philome Obin, Rigaud Benoit, Castera Bazile and Wilson Bigaud, Savain was enormously influential in the development of Haitian painting in the twentieth century. Savain was a close friend of important African-American artist William Edouard Scott (1884-1964), who studied in Haiti in the 1930s.

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Petion Savain Painting
Market Scene
Oil on panel
Signed Upper Right
23.5" x 7"
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