BOIS CAÏMANS ET ERZULI
oil on canvas
121 by 81cm., 47½ by 31¾in.
Stretcher marks along edges as well as areas exhibiting surface loss, most noticeable along top edge. Horizontal abrasion trace at right edge, under the chicken head as well as in various other places. One dent at 14 cm from inner top edge and 5,5 cm from inner right edge. Two further dents at 16 cm from inner lower edge, at 21 and 24 cm from inner left edge. Minor surface cracks and lifting in some places, for example to the right of the chicken's tail. Light surface marks and scattered white traces. This excepting, the work appears to be in good condition.
Colours are true to catalogue illustration.
Inspection under UV light reveals no signs of restoration or repair.
This work is framed.
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Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner
Featuring several Voodoo and spiritual symbols, the present lot is a commentary on the relationship between Africans and Haitians, and their shared history of suffering as result of the transatlantic slave trade.