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Enguerrand Jean Gourgue

Born, 1930 in Port-au-Prince

The following biographical sketch appeared in the catalogue Artists of the Western Hemisphere | Art of Haiti and Jamaica, Art Gallery, Center for Inter-American Relations, 600 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y., October 10 - 27, 1968

DeWitt Peters wrote of [Gourgue]: “What is clear is that no other Haitaian painter has his particular power to create, from within, pictures of such tragic beauty… His souls in torment; strange beasts in metamorphosis; birds of prey; traps to inflict pain; sinister flowers… all are brought to life with a precise and almost affectionate attention to surface quality and detail and a sense of color, usually subtile (sic) and sombre, sometimes shocking. Gourgue is, of all Haitians, the natural surrealist of the movement. His personal mingling of black magic and voodoo with Freudian symbols fascinate the analysts. But not all of Gourgue’s work is concerned with disturbing revelations; in certain moods he is gentle, lyrical.” “

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