Untitled (Fang Sculpture, Crow and Fruit)
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Beyond Borders and Boundaries, 20th and 21st Centuries
Beauford Delaney arranged this still-life composition as if it were an offering to the Fang reliquary figure (a ritual object used by Fang peoples from central West Africa) seen on the right. The artist’s vivid colors and energetic brushwork create a sense of vibration—the bowl almost appears to spin, and the figure to rock. Delaney may have seen traditional African art at the Primitive African Art Center in Manhattan or at the Brooklyn Museum.
Oil on canvas
25 x 30 in. (63.5 x 76.2 cm)
frame: 32 x 37 x 4 in. (81.3 x 94 x 10.2 cm) (show scale)
Signed and dated lower left: "Beauford Delaney / 45"
Brooklyn Museum Fund for African American Art in honor of Arnold Lehman, A. Augustus Healy Fund and Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund
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Beauford Delaney (American, 1901-1979). Untitled (Fang Sculpture, Crow and Fruit), 1945. Oil on canvas, 25 x 30 in. (63.5 x 76.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Fund for African American Art in honor of Arnold Lehman, A. Augustus Healy Fund and Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund, 2014.73. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2014.73_PS9.jpg)
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