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A lawyer and judge, he also wrote articles and poetry for the Haitian newspapers, painting in his free time. At age fifty-one he began to paint full-time, joining the Centre d'Art in 1960. Although best-known for his commercially successful, Henri Rousseau-like jungle scenes, Philippe-Auguste also painted (in a similar style) still lifes, carnivals, scenes from nature, and human figures posed against backgrounds of stylized flora and/or fauna.
To create new designs, the artist often combined and re-used the preparatory drawings on tracing paper which he transferred to Masonite for his paintings.
Stebich, Ute. A Haitian Celebration: Art and Culture. Milwaukee: Milwaukee Art Museum, 1992