Untitled Abstract tempera on paper 35 x 45 cm. (13 3/4 x 17 3/4 in.) and two others similar by the same hand (3)
In 1957, celebrated ethologist and amateur painter Desmond Morris author of the best-selling The Naked Ape - curated an exhibition of chimpanzee art at the ICA, London. Included in the show were a number of works by Congo, a frequent and popular guest on Morris television program Zootime. Picasso is recorded as having owned a painting by Congo.
Paintings by apes may be seen as humorous or as a derisive commentary on modern art. However, Morriss studies were a serious attempt to understand chimpanzees ability to create order and symmetry as well as to explore at a more primeval level the impetus behind our own desires for artistic creativity.