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Luce Turnier



Turnier is a Haitian artist who along with other artists affiliated with the Le Centre d’Arts in Haiti, including Albert Mangones, Gerald Bloncourt, Maurice Borno, Rigaud Benoit, Hector Hyppolite, Daniel Lafontant, formed the nexus of the Haitian Art Movement. The period between 1946 and 1950, encompassing the early years of Turnier's artistic work, is also called "The Haitian Renaissance."Unfortunately, during the age of McCarthyism in the 1940s-50s many works by Haiti’s modernist artists was labelled as communist. Benson, LeGrace (1996). "Three Presentations of the Arts of Haiti (A Review Article)".

She was one of the few women founders of the Centre d’Art in Haiti.

Turnier painted abstract market scenes and other works depicting common people and the complexities of gender, class and colorism in Haiti. "Introduction: Art as Caribbean Feminist Practice". Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism.

According to www.francielatour.com, Haitian artists were seen as simple and primitive, unaware of any broader art world context. These artists were also overwhelmingly male. As a woman, and as an artist whose work spoke to modernism, Luce never won the same recognition or success as other Centre d'Art painters.

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She expressed a preference for painting people when in Haiti and landscapes when in France. She also worked with collages.

She lived and studied in France and New York.

In her own words, when asked about who and where her inspiration comes from. “ I don’t have any concept or philosophy, it’s just instinct…I work with my eyes and my feelings…in my work texture is very important to me. I play with texture.”

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