George Lilanga, acryllic, 100 x 100cm
Lot 143
George Lilanga di Nyama (Tanzanian, 1934-2005) Busy figures
Sold for £1,625 (US$ 2,750) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
George Lilanga di Nyama (Tanzanian, 1934-2005)
Busy figures
signed 'lilanga' (lower left)
oil on board
64 x 63cm (25 3/16 x 24 13/16in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Acquired from the Watatu Gallery, Nairobi
    A private collection

    Lilanga's playful figures are in fact his personal vision of the unruly spirits of Makonde cosmology. When asked if he believes in spirits, Lilanga answers: "I have heard of their existence; I never saw them and I don't know if they actually look like those I make. I don't believe they are as colourful."

    BIBLIOGRAPHY:
    A. Magnin, Art of Africa, la collection contemporaine de Jean Pigozzi, (Monaco, 2005)

Saleroom notices

  • Please note the correct dimensions of 96 x 101 cm (37 7/8 x 39 1/2in). Please also note that the work is oil on canvas laid to board and not as previously catalogued.
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