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Village Wedding

Accession Number
2011/2.185

Title
Village Wedding

Artist(s)
Georges Auguste

Object Creation Date
1950-2000

Medium & Support
oil on canvas

Dimensions
23 in x 27 in (58.42 cm x 68.58 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Dr. James L. Curtis

Subject matter
Haitian painter Georges Auguste is a self-taught artist. He began painting while working as a watchman at the Center d’Art in Port au Prince, Haiti. Auguste used the center's left over materials to create his paintings. Auguste's paintings offer insight into Haitian life, such as the wedding ritual seen here.  

Physical Description
A wedding party on horseback—led by the bride in white with a veil, and the groom in a cowboy hat—leaves a village while a crowd watches. Each of the horses is a different color, including red, gray, and different shades of brown. The people are dressed in bright, solid-colored clothes. Some wear brimmed hats. The village, consisting of a few houses and fields of green plants, palm trees, and trees with large purple and pink leaves, surrounds the wedding party on three sides. There is a clear blue sky overhead. 

Primary Object Classification
Painting

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
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Keywords
Haitian
horseback riding
oil painting (technique)
rural
self-taught artists
villages
weddings (ceremonies)

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