Ruvutlinn - Killing Morice Bushop and his men on Forth Rupurt in Grenada
An original painting
by Canute Caliste
Dated 1996 - 16½ inches x 14 inches.
Acrylic on masonite; Unframed.
In this painting, Caliste portrays his own interpretation of the October 19, 1983 execution of Maurice Bishop—then the popular Prime Minister of Grenada—at Fort Rupert (now known as Fort George) Grenada.
Bishop was the leader of New Jewel Movement, a Marxist-Leninist party that came to power in Grenada following the March 1979 revolution that deposed Grenada's first post-independence Prime Minister, Eric Gairy. Four years later, in 1983, internal party disputes culminated in a coup—led by Deputy Prime Minister Bernard Coard—that resulted in Bishop, three of his cabinet ministers, and four others being executed by a four-man, machine-gun-bearing firing squad. That upheaval and instability provided the pretext for the U.S.A. invasion of Grenada that was launched at dawn on 25 October 1983.
Another rendition of this event titled Killing Murice Bishop on Forth Rupurt in St Georges and painted by Caliste in 1997, is in the Permanent Collection of the Grenada Art Council.
Condition: This painting is unframed. There is some light surface soiling, and wear at the edges—most noticeable at the corners—that would be concealed by framing.