|Port-au-Prince, Haiti, an early 20th-century oil painting by American landscape artist Louis Aston Knight, will be auctioned on February 16 to raise funds for earthquake victims. [Credit: Bonhams via ArtDaily]|
NEW YORK — Port-au-Prince, Haiti, an oil painting by landscape artist Louis Aston Knight (1873-1948), will be auctioned to raise funds for the devastated Caribbean capital. The work of art was donated by an anonymous collector and will be up for bid at Bonhams fine art auction house on February 16.
Painter Louis Knight was born in Paris, where he studied under Robert-Fleury Lefebvre and his father, celebrated American artist Daniel Ridgway Knight. The early 20th-century artwork depicts a view of the now-devastated capital city of Port-au-Prince; the cathedral and National Palace are visible in the distance on the right. The Palace was destroyed in 1912 and rebuilt from 1915-1934, only to be destroyed once again in the recent disaster.
“When the owner of this painting heard about the disaster in Haiti she asked us to sell it on behalf of a charity currently working to help the people of Haiti," said Giles Peppiatt, Director of Topographical Pictures at Bonhams.
The money raised by the sale will go to AmeriCares, a nonprofit global health and disaster relief organization currently working in Haiti. The painting is estimated to fetch $6,000-9,000 for earthquake relief.