Murat BrierreHaiti 1938-1988
Visage en Fer (Face in Iron) 67.0018
Murat Brièrre is one of the few Haitian artists who are both painter and sculptor. Prior to becoming a professional artist, he was a brick mason, cabinetmaker, and blacksmith. When he was eighteen years old, a fellow artist introduced Brièrre to the Centre d'Art in Port-au-Prince. He began his formal training there with classes in drawing and painting. Brièrre later combined his artistic interest with his skills as a blacksmith to create sculptures out of metal. Brièrre's Face in Iron is typical of his style. The artist's interest in the metamorphosis of forms is apparent in this work, combining both human and non-human shapes. Brièrre has become one of Haiti's most well-known sculptors of metal, and has shown his work internationally since the 1960s.
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