Antonio Joseph

Blue Landscape, 1953
caesin on masonite
23.88 x 36 in
SKU: 12697g
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'Blue Landscape' is an original painting by the master of Haitian art Antonio Joseph. In the painting, Joseph works with magic realist themes: The landscape is a deep and saturated blue, with greens and yellows covering the Haitian mountains as they emerge out of the sea. The mountains are likewise dotted with the colorful houses so emblematic of Haitian vernacular architecture. The viewer looks out toward at these features while seemly contained within a set of sea walls. In the immediate foreground, pushed up against the picture plane, a mysterious vine grows out of the hard industrial ground, with nearly a dozen different flowers bursting from the same vine. The impossibility of these flowers perhaps relates the artist's work to the strong Latin American surrealist artists, like Frida Kahlo and Remedios Varo, while also referencing Haitian folk culture and spirituality.

caesin on masonite
23.88 x 36 inches, artwork
26.38 x 38.25 inches, frame
signed "Antonio Joseph" lower right and dated 53
inscribed "172" in green ink, on reverse, center
inscribed "380- 91-150" in white chalk, on reverse, center left
inscribed "13" in graphite, on reverse, center right

Overall good condition; some dust accumulation to surface; tidemarks on reverse; some scratches and surface losses to vintage frame.
Presented in a mid-century modern profile wood moulding with gold leaf bevel and 1-inch linen liner.