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Henri Langerock
1830 - 1915
BELGIAN
THE IGUAZU WATERFALLS, BRAZIL
signed Henri Langerock lower left
oil on canvas
100 by 190cm., 39 by 75in.
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Exposition

Possibly, Brussels, Place Poelaert, 1889 (as Diorama, Village indien de l’Amerique du Sud)

Description

The present view is a rare example of Henri Langerock’s panoramic views of Brazil, in which the grandiose Iguazu waterfalls (on the modern-day border between Brazil and Argentina) serve as a backdrop to the depiction of a village of indigenous people. On the left, a group of men can be seen leaving the thick jungle, possibly returning from hunting, while to the right another group is cooking food on the fire. In the centre, men armed with bows and arrows guard the entrance to the village. The precision in detail in depicting the multitude of events happening in the scene, as much as the attention to the tropical flora, is telling of the artist’s ethnographic interest and of his expert eye as a photographer.

Having trained at the art academy in Ghent, Belgium, Langerock travelled to Italy, Africa and South America. He lived in Brazil between 1881-1886, where he collaborated with Brazilian painter Victor Meirelles (1832-1903) on a panoramic view of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Painted in 1887, Panorama de la Ville de Rio de Janeiro won them the Gold Medal at the 1889 Exposition universelle in Paris. It appears that same year Langerock presented in Brussels another painting titled Diorama, Village indien de l’Amerique du Sud, which could possibly be identified with the present work.

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