Arrest of Toussaint L’Ouverture, June 7, 1802, 1971, Oil on Masonite
Jean Wilner, Haitian, 1950-about 1980
General Toussaint L’Ouverture (pronounced two-SAHNT low-VER-chure) became a national hero for leading the revolution liberating enslaved Haitians. Despite a treaty guaranteeing Haitian independence, Napoleon Bonaparte had the general arrested and imprisoned in France, where he died a year later.
Here, Jean Wilner celebrates L’Ouverture’s resistance against French domination, depicting him surrounded by overturned objects, raised sword in hand.