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By Pav Szymanski


Original Painting

Mixed Media on canvas

Measurement: A1

Signed / Unframed




This is a portrait of a young, beautiful and idyllic-looking Haitian girl playing with butterflies. I met her during my travels through Haiti, where most people survive on less than 1$ per day. She is totally oblivious of her origin. She does not understand, why she is consistently ostracised and bullied. Her skin is white, and her eyes are baby blue. She definitively stands out! She has never heard of Poland. Her home is on a little island called Petit Goave. She is a descendent of Polish legionnaires, who were sent to Haiti by Napoleon to suppress an uprising of slaves. However, having realised the extent of exploration and abuse, the Poles changed sides and fought in support of the oppressed indigenous people. Subsequently, most of them were punished and slaughtered. A few lucky ones managed to disperse to the islands.

Haitian Girl with Butterflies

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