Malangatana Valente Ngwenya (Mozambican, 1936-2011) Deity Figure with Skulls
Lot 60*
Malangatana Valente Ngwenya
(Mozambican, 1936-2011)
Deity Figure with Skulls
Sold for £10,000 (US$ 16,328) inc. premium

Lot Details
Malangatana Valente Ngwenya (Mozambican, 1936-2011)
Deity Figure with Skulls
signed and dated 'Malangatana / 62' (upper left)
oil on board
143 x 122cm (56 5/16 x 48 1/16in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE
    Acquired directly from the artist by Dr. Elizabeth Schneider

    The dominating female deity in this work fixes the viewer with a frenzied stare, set against a chaotic background of dismembered limbs and faces. Malangatana's work frequently feature such surreal and grotesque elements, having been drawn from his hallucinations and nightmares. Seen through the eyes of the artist, the world becomes an unfamiliar and disturbing place.

    The Portuguese artist, sculptor and architect Pancho Guedes argues that works such as Deity Figure with Skulls are a result of Malangatana's acute sensitivity to his environment. They are an amalgamation of influences, incorporating images from both the Western colonial tradition and those of his native Mozambique.

    BIBLIOGRAPHY
    J. Navarro, Malangatana Valente Ngwenya, (Tanzania, 2003), pp.13-15
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