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Palais Sans Souci

Historical Painting Needs Urgent Repair

$1,500.00 are urgently needed to restore the Palais Sans Souci's masterpiece created in 1818 by Haitian artist Numa Desroches Numa Desroches, Le Palais de Sans Souci, 1818, 23"x33" Gouache on paper
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The painting will be restored by Haitian artist and master conservator Franck Louissaint. Restoration will include replacing missing sections of the paper and repairing its tears as well as retouching and enhancing the colors in order to return the painting to its original brilliance.
You can also write a check to the order of the Toussaint Louverture Cultural Foundation, memo Palais Sans Souci painting, and mail it to 1744 Troy Ave Brooklyn NY 11234. The foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible.
About the Artist
Numa Desroches was born between 1800 and 1805 probably in Cap-Haitien, he might have received lessons from Richard Evans. It's not impossible, however, the rare works we know of him leaves no glimpse of academic knowledge. After the death of Christophe, he settled at the Cap-Haitian as a portraitist and history painter. He also painted various buildings and monuments of Cap city and its surroundings. The painting of the Palace of Sans-Souci is in the Library of the Brothers of Saint Louis de Gonzague's school in Port-au-Prince Haiti. Numa Desroches est né entre 1800 et 1805 sans doute au Cap-Haitien, il aurait reçu des leçons de Richard Evans. Ce n'est pas impossible bien que les rares œuvres que nous connaissons de lui ne laissent peint entrevoir de connaissance académique. Apres la mort de Christophe, il s’installa au Cap-Haitien comme portraitiste et peintre d’histoire. Il aurait également peint les divers édifices et monuments de la ville du Cap et de ses environs. Le tableau Le Palais de Sans-Souci est à la Bibliothèque de l'Ecole des frères de Saint Louis de Gonzague à Port-au-Prince Haïti.
Dr. Michel Philippe Lerebours commentary on the Palais Sans Souci painting in Haiti et ses peintres Tome I page 111 (extrait)

There is something unexpected in the work of Numa Desroches, which is no doubt born from the spontaneity of the composition and the harmonious play of lines and colors, but above all, it’s born from an atmosphere of calm and candid majesty. If it is realistic and if it presents itself as historical testimony, it gives decoration a major role and, despite the dryness of the subject, brings out a wonderful universe. Sans-Souci seems to belong much more to a fairy tale than to historical reality.

Il y a quelque chose d'imprévu dans l'œuvre de Numa Desroches, qui tient certes de la spontanéité de la composition et du jeu harmonieux des lignes et des couleurs, mais surtout d'une atmosphère de calme et de majesté candide. Si elle se veut réaliste et si elle se présente comme un témoignage historique, elle fait une grande part à la décoration et, malgré la sécheresse du sujet, débouche sur un univers merveilleux. Sans-Souci semble beaucoup plus appartenir à un conte de fée qu'à la réalité historique.

TLCF Logo The Toussaint Louverture Cultural Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization established to promote Haitian culture, stimulate artistic creativity, and help restore Haiti’s cultural heritage.
     Contact: (917) 499-3638 ToussaintLouvertureFoundation@gmail.com      Donations are tax deductible.
November 2016
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