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Bela *


(Fort-Archambault (today Sarh), ? - 1968 Brazzaville)
Fishes, around 1955, signed Bela, oil on board, 61 x 82 cm

Provenance:
Pierre Loos Collection, Belgium
European Private Collection

The School of Élisabethville and the Hangar

In 1940, Pierre Romain-Desfossés left France to join General de Gaulle in England and he went on a mission to Chad; he stayed at Fort Archambault (now Sarh) and met his orderly Bela, of the Saras tribe, who will always remain by his side and will be one of his most faithful disciples.
Demobilized in 1944 and seduced by the extraordinary artistic potential of the locals, he settled down in the Congo, and soon created the Academy of Folk Art of Élisabethville, or ‘Le Hangar’ (the Warehouse), an atelier for a few carefully selected students. He aimed to awaken in his students the ancient, unchanging aesthetic of the memory, and not necessarily teach them how to paint in a European way. To select his pupils, he would put them through a simple test: “Sit under this tree and paint what you see”. He claimed that he could detect talent in this way. Romain-Desfossés then asked them to “explore their world and everything that spoke to their inner being with their eyes”. For this reason, works by pupils who were trained in this way
(Pilipili, Bela, Ilunga and Mwenze) mostly depicted nature: hunting, dance and initiation scenes in a narrative and figurative style with a strong decorative character. It’s a world with a naive character at times, where the colours explode and the absence of perspective defies gravity, where the birds swim in the sky and the fish fly in the depth of the ocean.

Although the subjects may appear repetitive, each artist develops their own personal style and technique.
Bela, whom he nicknamed the Gutenberg of the bush, created works of birds and wildcats using printing techniques with the aid of little wooden plates on a floral background made of small strokes like those of Van Gogh. Mwenze developed very quickly his own style based on the technique of hatching; and when he does paint nature, he gives the man an important place and represents him hunting or fishing, in his daily life, in combat or in full dance. Pilipili, a talented artist who was inspired by the local legends and traditional tales, and whose paintings are filled with small and intense touches of colour.
Pierre Loos and Jo Van Severen Collections

The works of the School of Élisabethville used to belong to these two important and well-known collections.

Pierre Loos is a world-wide reference for African paintings from this period and it is because of him that the works by many of Pierre Romain-Desfossés’ pupils have been rediscovered by the European public and are now recognized and appreciated. His collection is one of the most important world-wide, both for the quantity of the works, and for their quality.

Jo Van Severen lived and worked in the Congo from 1953 until 1963 and from his return to Belgium until his death, he collected the paintings which represent the country he cherished throughout his life. He bought with a sharp eye for quality, resulting in a vast and important, arguably unique collection.

Expert: Mag. Patricia Pálffy Mag. Patricia Pálffy
+43-1-515 60-386

patricia.palffy@dorotheum.at

26.11.2020 - 16:00

Dosažená cena: **
EUR 6.400,-
Odhadní cena:
EUR 6.000,- do EUR 8.000,-

Bela *


(Fort-Archambault (today Sarh), ? - 1968 Brazzaville)
Fishes, around 1955, signed Bela, oil on board, 61 x 82 cm

Provenance:
Pierre Loos Collection, Belgium
European Private Collection

The School of Élisabethville and the Hangar

In 1940, Pierre Romain-Desfossés left France to join General de Gaulle in England and he went on a mission to Chad; he stayed at Fort Archambault (now Sarh) and met his orderly Bela, of the Saras tribe, who will always remain by his side and will be one of his most faithful disciples.
Demobilized in 1944 and seduced by the extraordinary artistic potential of the locals, he settled down in the Congo, and soon created the Academy of Folk Art of Élisabethville, or ‘Le Hangar’ (the Warehouse), an atelier for a few carefully selected students. He aimed to awaken in his students the ancient, unchanging aesthetic of the memory, and not necessarily teach them how to paint in a European way. To select his pupils, he would put them through a simple test: “Sit under this tree and paint what you see”. He claimed that he could detect talent in this way. Romain-Desfossés then asked them to “explore their world and everything that spoke to their inner being with their eyes”. For this reason, works by pupils who were trained in this way
(Pilipili, Bela, Ilunga and Mwenze) mostly depicted nature: hunting, dance and initiation scenes in a narrative and figurative style with a strong decorative character. It’s a world with a naive character at times, where the colours explode and the absence of perspective defies gravity, where the birds swim in the sky and the fish fly in the depth of the ocean.

Although the subjects may appear repetitive, each artist develops their own personal style and technique.
Bela, whom he nicknamed the Gutenberg of the bush, created works of birds and wildcats using printing techniques with the aid of little wooden plates on a floral background made of small strokes like those of Van Gogh. Mwenze developed very quickly his own style based on the technique of hatching; and when he does paint nature, he gives the man an important place and represents him hunting or fishing, in his daily life, in combat or in full dance. Pilipili, a talented artist who was inspired by the local legends and traditional tales, and whose paintings are filled with small and intense touches of colour.
Pierre Loos and Jo Van Severen Collections

The works of the School of Élisabethville used to belong to these two important and well-known collections.

Pierre Loos is a world-wide reference for African paintings from this period and it is because of him that the works by many of Pierre Romain-Desfossés’ pupils have been rediscovered by the European public and are now recognized and appreciated. His collection is one of the most important world-wide, both for the quantity of the works, and for their quality.

Jo Van Severen lived and worked in the Congo from 1953 until 1963 and from his return to Belgium until his death, he collected the paintings which represent the country he cherished throughout his life. He bought with a sharp eye for quality, resulting in a vast and important, arguably unique collection.

Expert: Mag. Patricia Pálffy Mag. Patricia Pálffy
+43-1-515 60-386

patricia.palffy@dorotheum.at


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Datum: 26.11.2020 - 16:00
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