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Maker: Malangatana
1936 -2011, Mozambique
Nude with flowers
Date: 1962
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: H x W: 94 x 58.8 cm (37 x 23 1/8 in.)
Credit Line: Gift of Volkmar Wentzel
Geography: Mozambique
Object Number: 80-8-7
Search Terms:
Writing
female
Exhibited: African Mosaic: Selections from the Permanent Collection

Malangatana Ngwenya is best known for his powerful, brightly colored murals and canvases, which poignantly depict the trauma of armed conflict and revolution. His works also address the myths and customs of his youth, the small pleasures of daily life and the triumph of the human spirit.

Oil on canvas painting of a yellow nude woman with long hair and a flower growing from her breast, standing next to a man, a priest, with a book, a rosary and a robe hemmed with crosses.

Volkmar Wentzel, Washington, D.C., -- to 1980


African Mosaic: Selections from the Permanent Collection, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., November 19, 2013-ongoing (installed November 6, 2014)



Encounters with the Contemporary, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., January 7, 2001-January 6, 2002



Kennedy, Jean. 1991. New Currents, Ancient Rivers: Contemporary African Artists in a Century of Change. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Press, text pp. 150-151, illustrated opposite p. 129.


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