Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu M.B.E (Nigerian, 1917-1994) Hausa Girl

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Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu M.B.E
(Nigerian, 1917-1994)
Hausa Girl

Sold for US$ 62,575 inc. premium
Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu M.B.E (Nigerian, 1917-1994)
Hausa Girl
signed and dated 'BEN ENWONWU/ 1950' (lower left)
oil on canvas
40.6 x 30.5cm (16 x 12in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Acquired from Howard University 1957 exhibition;
    The collection of Earl J. Hooks;
    A private US collection.

    Exhibited
    Washington D.C., Howard University, 1950
    Boston, 1950
    New York, Vassar College, 1950
    New York, Syracuse University, 1950
    Vermont, Bennington College, 1950
    Washington D.C., Howard University, 1956/57
    Nashville, Fisk University, 1956/57
    New York, Schonburg Centre, 1956/57

    Literature
    Institute of African American Relations, Washington DC., 'Africa Special Report', pub. Jan 1958, illust b/w, pg 19.

    This early painting by Enwonwu was exhibited by the artist on his tour of the US in 1950. The exhibition and lecture was sponsored by the Harmon Foundation. Enwonwu wrote the following about the painting in 1950:

    "Hausa people are the inhabitants of Northern Nigeria. Their customs, religions organisations and costumes are different from those of the people of the South and West. This Hausa Girl is a typical Hausa girl. They are beautiful people. This picture was painted from a sketch I made of a Hausa girl in Zaria, a provincial town in the Northern territories."

    This painting is typical of Enwonwu's style on the late 1940's and early 1950's. The artist had recently returned to Nigeria after studying in the UK and spent a great deal of time touring the north of Nigeria, painting people and landscapes. His painting style was to change in the following decades, making these early paintings extremely rare.

    Earl J. Hooks (1927 - 2005) was a sculptor, ceramicist and arts educator. He was a professor of art and then chairman of the art department at Fisk University from 1968 - 1998.
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