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Pop Art: Napoleon and The Haitian Pope ©

Title: Napoleon and The Haitian Pope
Year Painted: 2012
Type: Mix Media: Acrylic on Canvas
Dimension: L 9.5”(24 cm) W 7”(17.8 cm)
Price: $1,500 - Also available in prints and memorabilia

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The First black Pope is from Haiti, the first black republic in the world (1804). He bears the Star of David and the Eye of Horus (looking to the moon), while towering over a diminutive Napoleon.

Art narrative juxtaposing one of the biggest historical egos being overshadowed and deflated by a black Pope – a signal of his eventual defeat.  He brought order to a chaotic France in the waning days of the revolution and proceeded to snatch the crown off the Pope at Notre Dame to crown himself Emperor, while promising the French “rich provinces, great cities, honor, glory, and wealth”.  But he was dealt the first real blow to his ego by Toussaint L’ouverture, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Alexandre Petion, and other black slaves (themselves inspired by the very French revolution which ceded power to Napoleon and its principles of the Rights of Man) who revolted against French rule in 1791 and defeated the French forces in 1803 - a defeat that forced Napoleon to abandon his ideas of building an American empire with the sale of “The Louisiana territory” (all of Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska; some of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, New Mexico, Texas, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado) to America for less than 3cents per acre. 



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