Death of a Great Artist

It is with great sadness that we learned within the past month that the wonderful Saint Soleil school artist Louisiane Saint Fleurant passed away. She was known for her expressive canvases of women and children, houses and flowers — inevitably cheerful works in a distinctive hand. A primitivist, Saint Fleurant was also a fantastic colorist. One of my favorite paintings by her features a female figure encased multiple times in circles of light, her version of an angel. She was also famous for equally emotive ceramic figures usually wearing florally decorated berets. Her death means that the value and collectibility of her art will increase, not only because of its limited supply and growing rarity.
Saint Fleurant was the mother of the late Stivenson Magloire, once called the hope of the new generation of Haitian artists, and the painter Ramphis Magloire, who managed her career in later years. For the original core group of Saint Soleil painters, there now remain only three — Levoy Exil, Denis Smith and Dieuseul Paul, since Prospere Pierre Louis died a while ago.
–Candice Russell