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Charles Obas was born on February 10, 1927 in Plaisance, Haiti. He completed his studies at Notre Dame du Cap Haitien. At the age of 13 he was encouraged by his father to paint. In 1948, he joined the Centre d’Art where he taught classes in primitive art. In 1950 he participated in the establishment of the Foyer des Arts Plastiques. His artwork has been exhibited in Chicago, Mexico and Sao Paulo. Obas began to publicly speaking out against the political oppression and human rights violations that existed in Haiti. He was arrested in 1968 for protesting against the Haitian government and has not been seen or heard from since. His disappearance remains a mystery. Illustrations of his painting can be seen in Gérald Alexis book, “Peintres Haïtien” and John Allen Franciscus' book, "Haiti Voodoo Kingdom To Modern Riviera".
This painting depicts fishermen preparing to set sail at the crack of dawn. Some fishermen are already en route while those on shore are still huddling from to cool morning wind that is sweeping of the ocean. This painting is oil on masonite and is in excellent condition. There is an inscription on the back of the masonite board that reads "NATIONAL ART INSTITUTE HAITI". The painting measures 8''X 16'', and the framed size is 131/2''X 21''.