Ben (Benedict Chukwukadibia) Enwonwu, M.B.E (Nigerian, 1917-1994) Africa Dances, Eve Noir 40 x 30in (101.6 x 76.2cm)

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Lot 24
Ben
(Benedict Chukwukadibia) Enwonwu, M.B.E (Nigerian, 1917-1994)
Africa Dances, Eve Noir 40 x 30in (101.6 x 76.2cm)

Sold for US$ 73,200 inc. premium
Ben (Benedict Chukwukadibia) Enwonwu, M.B.E (Nigerian, 1917-1994)
Africa Dances, Eve Noir
titled, signed and dated 'Ben Enwonwu / 1972' (lower left)
watercolor and pastel on board
40 x 30in (101.6 x 76.2cm)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Acquired directly from the artist circa 1970s
    Gifted to the present owner (from the above)

    "In the Africa Dances series (1972-75), Enwonwu reworked the formal structures of his paintings, eliminating all suggestions of physical and contextual boundaries by setting his dancing figures in an ambiguous pictorial space. The muted tonalities of paintings from this series - mostly blues and greens with subdued flashes of complementary colors - evoke an aquatic environment enlivened by arcs of soft light that accentuate the mystery of the dancing figures rather than their form."

    BIBLIOGRAPHY:
    Ogbechie, Ben Enwonwu: The Making of an African Modernist (Rochester 2008), p. 182
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