Combat de Coqs
An original painting
by Laurent Casimir
Circa 1954 - 24 inches x 16 inches
Oil on Masonite; Framed.
Framed size: 28 inches x 20 inches.
About two dozen people crowd around a ring, watching a cockfight. Rendered in Casimir's typical pallet of bright reds, oranges, yellows, and greens, this must have been a subject that sold well as we have seen several similar paintings that were executed around the same time. Zoom in on the detail and observe how Casimir used "hash strokes" to define motion, posture, and the shape of people's clothing. This is a telling feature of works created by the master's hand; students and fakers imitate by using the typical colors and piling on hash strokes, but they fail to achieve that shaping quality. If it looks like anyone could have done it, that's probably who did it: Anyone but Laurent Casimir himself. Don't be fooled!
Condition: A bit faded with age, otherwise very good with craquelure, as is typical of earlier Casimir paintings on masonite. In a beautiful hand-carved Haitian frame of the period.