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1957
49.75 x 33.5 in. (126.365 x 85.09 cm)

Roland Dorcély (Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 1930 - 2017, New York City, New York) Artist

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: house paint on masonite
Credit Line: Bequest of Dr. Douglas Torre to the Tulane University School of Medicine in memory of his brother, Dr. Mottram Torre, 1996
Accession Number: 0000_0744

Web Notes
While Roland Dorcely never garnered much attention beyond the prodigious promise of his childhood in Haiti, his travels abroad to Europe would cement his reputation as one of the great Haitian painters of the mid-to-late 20th century. A poet and painter, Dorcely imbues his works with sharp pops of flat color, often completing alongside heavily bordered complementing shades. Dorcely painted a variety of subjects, ranging from abstract expressionist imagery to his preferred muse, the stylized nude.

Family stands out in Dorcely’s catalog of work for merging his traditionally well-known style with a more traditional aesthetic. Here, a mother can be seen nursing a small infant, with a small girl standing beside. This could be a nod towards Dorcely’s Haitian heritage, perhaps hinting at the importance of motherhood and femininity in his artwork. Roland Dorcely stands out in the Newcomb Art Museum’s collection not as an artist related to Tulane University, but as a representative voice for the thriving artistry of Haiti.

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