The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
Haitian art is unique for its fusion of French and African cultures.
Unrefined yet bursting with color and originality, it captures the island's
joie de vivre. It was this quality, demonstrated by the exotic works of untrained
and unschooled Haitian painters, that caught the eye of American watercolorist
During World War II, Peters, a conscientious objector, moved to Haiti
to teach English as an alternative to serving in the military. He was immediately
taken by the raw yet vibrant paintings that would be labeled "natural" or
"naïve" art. To provide the artists with training and exhibition space,
he founded the Centre d'Art in Haiti's capital city of Port-au-Prince in 1944
with assistance of the Haitian government.
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