Fortune, Gerard (Haitian, 1924 - 2019)

Portrait of Gerard Fortune © Maggie Steber
Portrait of Gerard Fortune © Maggie Steber

Gérard Fortuné was born in 1924 in Montagne-Noire, in the heights of Pétionville. Coming from a modest family, he embarked on self-taught painting in the early 1980s.

During his visits to the Gallery of Issa El Saieh, he fell in love and was inspired by the works of artists like André Pierre, André Normil, the "Saint-Soleil" community or Hector Hyppolite. Quickly, he met personalities from the world of visual arts who would be mentors for him: Michel Monnin, Nader, Judith Chambers among others.

An important figure in Haitian naive art, Gérard Fortuné's oil on canvas series help establish the myth of voodoo as the instigator of the Liberation of Haiti. His works have been exhibited internationally, and are included in the permanent collections of the Waterloo Center for the Arts in Iowa, the Huntington Museum of Art in Virginia, Ramapo College in New Jersey, as well as the Museum Collection. Art Patricia & Philip Frost of the International University of Florida and that of the Museum of Aquitaine

The Black Virgin, n.d.
The Black Virgin, n.d.
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Jorgen Leth Collection
Demokrasi (Aristide), 1994
Demokrasi (Aristide), 1994
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Baron Samedi, n.d.
Baron Samedi, n.d.
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Peter Maxwell Collection
Loa, n.d.
Loa, n.d.
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Voting After the Coup, 1995
Voting After the Coup, 1995
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Island On Fire: Jonathan Demme
La Siren, 1991
La Siren, 1991
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Fisher Collection
Black Dog, 1990
Black Dog, 1990
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Fisher Collection
Vodou Dreams
Vodou Dreams
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Aristide Returned Home/Delivered Home by U.S. Military, 1994
Aristide Returned Home/Delivered Home by U.S. Military, 1994
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Untitled (Couple Riding Two headed Bird), 1980s
Untitled (Couple Riding Two headed Bird), 1980s
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Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum
Untitled (Zombie), 1980s
Untitled (Zombie), 1980s
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Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum
Untitled (Woman in Fruit Bowl), 1984
Untitled (Woman in Fruit Bowl), 1984
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Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum
Untitled (Four Women), 1985
Untitled (Four Women), 1985
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Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum
Untitled, 1984
Untitled, 1984
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Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum
Elegant Mermaid, 1984
Elegant Mermaid, 1984
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Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum
Untitled, 1984
Untitled, 1984
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Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum
Untitled, 1984
Untitled, 1984
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Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum
Untitled, 1984
Untitled, 1984
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Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum
Untitled, 1984
Untitled, 1984
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Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum
Untitled, 1984
Untitled, 1984
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Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum
Untitled, 1984
Untitled, 1984
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Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum
Quatre Femmes, 1986
Quatre Femmes, 1986
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Matt Dunn Collection