Baule Seated Female Figure, Ivory Coast

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Lot 68
Baule Seated Female Figure, Ivory Coast

Sold for US$ 21,250 inc. premium
Baule Seated Female Figure, Ivory Coast
Wood, black pigment
height 20 1/2in (52.1cm)

Provenance
Sotheby's, London, 20 November 1967 (lot 69)
Rene Withofs, Brussels
Sotheby's London, 3 July 1989 (lot 72)
Private American Collection

Yale University Art Gallery, van Rijn African Art Archive No. 0002280

As Susan Vogel has noted, "Baule art has remained at the core of the Western canon of African Art, even as ideas about the canon have evolved and tastes have changed. While the relative naturalism and consummate workmanship of Baule objects were praised at the outset, today these objects are appreciated for the subtle rhythms and a beauty that stops short of sweetness. To the Western eye, an essence of Baule style is a balanced asymmetry that enlivens while suggesting stability and calm.[...]

To an art historian, the most consistent feature of Baule art, and one expressed across the wide variety of Baule object types, is a kind of peaceful containment. Faces tend to have downcast eyes and figures most often hold their arms against the body, so that Westerners might feel that the mood of much classical Baule art is introspective. The silhouette is supple but closed.[...] Baule style conveys vitality contained in order, as befits objects that often serve people who are psychologically distressed." (Baule: African Art Western Eyes, Yale University Art Gallery, 1997, pp. 26-28)
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