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A Barotse Woman

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Head and chest portrait of a Barotse woman, from Western Zambia, her head turned three-quarters to the left. There is a heavy fence made of small tree trunks in the upper background. The sky is bright blue and the earth is a hot orange colour. The lady wears traditional dress and is looking seductively at the viewer, supplemented by the heavy make-up worn and full, red lips. Impressionistic in style with short strokes of paint working to construct the image.

Manchester Art Gallery





oil on panel


H 40.8 x W 30.4 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased from the Goupil Gallery, 1929

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Inscription description

artist's inscription : : blc : artist's name, date : Neville Lewis / 1928


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