Art: Intermittent Lightning

For centuries, Haiti has been all but barren of art, but today it burgeons with earnest and wonderfully original painters. Their greatest accomplishment: the embellishing of the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral at Port-au-Prince with murals, some of which are reproduced on the opposite page.

The murals are painted in the artists' own terms—those of a Negro people with a hungry, vine-choked, voodoo-ridden way of life. Their work is not purely religious because no art ever is. The radiance of God and the saints can be pictured only through the dark windows of human experience....

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