In 1939 IBM mounted two exhibitions called "Contemporary Art of 79 Countries"
IBM President Thomas J. Watson conceived the idea of assembling contemporary paintings from many countries around the world. Two collections were assembled -- each collection contained one painting from seventy-nine countries in which IBM was represented as of 1937 (from Algeria to Yugoslavia). Both collections were exhibited in 1939, one at the New York World's Fair and the other at the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco. Haiti was represented in New York with "The Coconut Vendor" by Geo Remponeau and in San Francisco with "Market on the Hill" by Petion Savain.
The catalogs for the IBM exhibitions have a 2-page spread for each of the 79 countries which contains 4 things -- a photograph of the painting, a page of text about art in that country, a photograph of the painter, and a half-page biography of the painter.