1 oil on canvas - Ben Enwonwu - Nigerian woman on a forest path 1949
Lot 119
Ben (Benedict Chukwukadibia) Enwonwu, M.B.E (Nigerian, 1917-1994) Woman on a forest path
£15,000 - 30,000
US$ 25,000 - 50,000
Lot Details
Ben (Benedict Chukwukadibia) Enwonwu, M.B.E (Nigerian, 1917-1994)
Woman on a forest path
signed and dated 'BEN ENWONWU / 1949' (lower right)
oil on canvas
66 x 84.5cm (26 x 33 1/4in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Purchased directly from the artist by the current owner's uncle
    Thence by descent to the current owner


    Painted the year after Enwonwu completed his studies in Britain and returned to Nigeria as Art Supervisor in the Information Services Department of the Colonial Office, Woman on a forest path reflects Enwonwu's return to the familiar Nigerian landscape.

    In the current lot, Enwonwu pays homage to the "sacred groves in his [representation] of the tropical rain forest", revelling in its "verdant foliage". As art historian Sylvester Ogbechie explores, in the late 1940s and 1950s, depictions of indigenous rituals, local industry and significant landscapes were central to the intellectual and aesthetic exploration of an emergent nationalist identity.

    BIBLIOGRAPHY:
    S.O. Ogbechi, Ben Enwonwu: The Making of an African Modernist, (Rochester, 2008), p.91
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