Congo the Chimp (b.1954) Untitled Abstract  35 x 45 cm. (13 3/4 x 17 3/4 in.)
Lot 29
Congo the Chimp (b.1954) Untitled Abstract 35 x 45 cm. (13 3/4 x 17 3/4 in.)
Sold for £14,400 (US$ 24,203) inc. premium
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Congo the Chimp (b.1954)
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)

Footnotes

  • 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, Morris’s 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.

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  • Please note this lot is daggered.
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