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Jacques-Richard Chery was born in Cap-Haitien, Haiti in 1929. Before becoming an artist, he worked as a barber and was the owner of a gas station. In 1951, he was discovered by Philome Obin and later began studying at the Centre d'Art in Cap-Haitien. His popularity soared during the 1960's as his work became more widely distributed. Chery's early works are known for attention to detail, large forms, delicate palette and unique utilization of space. He is most reputed for his later works, which presented a complete change in color, theme, style and subject matter. His scenes of people carrying over-size baskets filled with over-size fruits and vegetables on their heads are almost cartoon like. He is known for his use of bright colors and bold size subjects. He has held exhibitions in many countries including the Brooklyn Museum, New York. His paintings have been sold in Sotheby's and other major auction houses.
This painting depicts the death of an ambush Haitian general Jean Jacques Dessalines. Dessalines was assassinated north of the capital city, Port-au-Prince, at Pont Larnage, now known as Pont-Rouge on October 17, 1806 on his way to fight the rebels. Jacques Chery has always been drawn to preserving the historical facts of Haitian history. The Haitian soldiers and generals courageously fought for the independence of Haiti and won it's freedom by defeating the French army led by the French General Napoléon Bonaparte, on January 1, 1804. History that is obligatory true to a historian is always imaginative for an artist. This painting is Oil on Masonite, signed lower right J.R Chery. We fully guarantee the authenticity of this item.