Live Auction, 7 October 2019

Sold for

R 284 500
Lot 635
Gerard Sekoto; Dancing Figures, Casamance, Senegal

Lot Estimate
R 250 000 - 350 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
R 284 500

About this Item

South African 1913-1993
Dancing Figures, Casamance, Senegal
oil on canvas
31,5 by 40,5cm excluding frame


Sekoto's account of a Death ceremony in Casamance, Senegal below, describes some of the captivating events which inspired this painting.

'The sacrifices were performed, of killing fowls, a cow and a bull quite brutally, all done with at a certain rate of timing, while men jumped up like gazelles with panga knives. Later came some women - certain with babies on their backs - wielding little tree branches all dancing to the rhythm of drummers. There were no signs of weeping or crying over the dead but, on the contrary, an atmosphere of merriment and triumph.

All along we were taking sketches to remind us for doing paintings later, but as this ceremony went on from the afternoon to night-time, we had to leave before it was over since our place of residence was a distance away from that scene which was outstanding.'1

1. Barbara Lindop (1988) Gerard Sekoto, Johannesburg: Dictum Press. Pages 38 and 39.




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