Important Teke Figure, Democratic Republic of the Congo
height 17in (43.2cm)
Maurice de Vlaminck
Anna Ringwald, 1930's
Mr. and Mrs. Kunz, 1938
Koller Auctions, Zurich, 2004
Private Collection, Switzerland
January 16, 2005 to May 8, 2005, HDV, Museum für Kunst und Ethnographie, Schwaz/Tirol, Austria
Arts d'Afrique Noire, 2004, No 131/ Raoul Lehuard, page 61
A4-Magazine, January 2005, Karl-Ferdinand Schaedler, page 33
African and Australasian sculpture had a large influence on Vlaminck, particularly during the period when he progressed towards a 'Cézannesque' interpretation of the construction of pictorial works. Vlaminck began to collect what is termed as 'Black Art' in 1905, which allowed his contemporaries to discover the plastic potential that it offered. Through Vlaminck and artists akin to him, primitive sculpture ended up being
seen as true artwork, doing away with the derogatory colonialist treatment it had experienced until then. Although the influence of such art on Vlaminck's works had often been denied, it unquestionably captivated him, not only the sculptures' shapes, but also their colors.
Vlaminck continued to collect African and Australasian sculptures over the following decades and often lent them out so that they could be exhibited.