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Distributed for HKU Museum and Art Gallery

Colours of Congo

Patterns, Symbols and Narratives in 20th-Century Congolese Paintings

With an Introduction by Thomas Bayet

Distributed for HKU Museum and Art Gallery

Colours of Congo

Patterns, Symbols and Narratives in 20th-Century Congolese Paintings

With an Introduction by Thomas Bayet
A richly illustrated study on the history and reception of twentieth-century Congolese painting. 

A strong international interest in Congolese art has grown steadily since the founding of Belgium’s Royal Museum of Central Africa in the early 1900s, which was the first museum to institutionalize its study. In order to represent the chronological development of painting studios from Elisabethville to Brazzaville, this book is organized into three distinct sections. The first section provides a general introduction to Congolese art, focusing on the time period following the initial colonial encounter, and the second section discusses the painting studio established by Pierre Romain-Desfossés. The book concludes with a look at the schools of Laurent Moonens and Pierre Lods, highlighting the development of the various institutions that brought European art materials to the Congo and established techniques that subsequently popularized Congolese artists in Europe. This book is certain to draw attention to a significant area of African art history that continues to arouse popular interest. 
 

216 pages | illustrated in color throughout | 9 x 11 1/2

Art: Middle Eastern, African, and Asian Art


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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements
Contributors
Preface
Crossing Rivers and Pathways: Congolese Art and Culture in the Bakongo and Bakuba Kingdoms
20th-Century Congolese Easel Painting
Origins of Congolese Painting
The ‘Precursors’: Congolese Pioneers of Watercolour

Catalogue 1: Precursors
Pierre Romain-Desfosses’ ‘Le Hangar’ Atelier
The Pedagogy of Pierre Romain-Desfosses

Catalogue 2: Le Hangar
The Academy of Fine Arts of Elisabethville
The Methodology Of Moonens and Lods and the Development of an Organic Style

Catalogue 3: The Academy
Afterword
Bibliography

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