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The Obin Family
Philome Obin, born in 1892, is largely responsible for the flowering of Haitian Art since 1945. His painting inspired and nourished DeWitt Peters in the early years of the Centre d'Art. Later, as director of its Cap-Haitien branch, he inspired generations of painters. During the 1980s, his paintings commanded five figures on public auction at Sotheby's. This page features paintings by his children and nephews, working in the distinctive Obin style.
The paintings, oil on masonite, date from the late 1960s and early '70s. They were acquired from the McGrath-Willis Estate in 2004.
HAITIAN ARTIST M.M. Obin (24-613) 20"x24" $ SOLD
Michel M. Obin, b.1949, is the son of Philome Obin's brother, Seneque. There are numerous published images of Michel's work, including the Sotheby's catalog for auction date July 9, 1981, and Selden Rodman's Where Art Is Joy.
HAITIAN ARTIST Jean Wilner Jr. (27-683c) 24"x30" $ SOLD
Michaelle Obin, grand daugther of Philhome Obin

HAITIAN ARTIST Jean Wilner Jr. (24-611) 20"x24" $ SOLD
Jean Wilner Jr.
Titles and descriptive text are often written directly on the painting in the Obin tradition. The french text here translates: "The newlyweds cross the river on horseback on their way home from the church."
(24-601) 16x20 $ SOLD
We have been unable to find any biographical information about J.C. Obin. If you know anything about him, please let us know.

Telemaque, Obin. 24-605, 16"x20"

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