Modern and Contemporary Art

Live Virtual Auction, 16 May 2023

Modern and Contemporary Art

Sold for

ZAR 624 250
Lot 55
  • Ben Enwonwu MBE; Path Through Trees
  • Ben Enwonwu MBE; Path Through Trees
  • Ben Enwonwu MBE; Path Through Trees


Lot Estimate
ZAR 150 000 - 200 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 624 250

About this Item

Nigerian 1917-1994
Path Through Trees

signed and dated 1960

oil on board
53,5 by 42cm excluding frame; 75 by 63 by 4,5cm including frame

Notes

Ben Enwonwu was born in 1917 in eastern Nigeria. Not only a giant of Nigerian modernism, Enwonwu became one of Africa’s most influential painters and sculptors. After attending Government College in 1934, he received scholarships to study at Goldsmiths College and the Slade School in London. After returning to Nigeria in 1948 as the Art Supervisor of the Colonial Office, in 1955 Enwonwu was awarded the MBE from Queen Elizabeth II for his contributions to the arts. He also became the first African artist to receive a royal commission, sculpting a likeness of the Queen that was unveiled at the Royal Society of British Artists in 1957. In 1960, the year in which the present lot was painted, Nigeria gained its independence. Enwonwu, inevitably, helped the country start to define its postcolonial identity. Path Through Trees is the first example by the artist to appear in a South African saleroom.

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