Uzo Egonu (Nigerian, 1931-1996) Woman with a glass of wine

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Lot 2
Uzo Egonu
(Nigerian, 1931-1996)
Woman with a glass of wine

Sold for £ 37,562 (US$ 45,944) inc. premium
Uzo Egonu (Nigerian, 1931-1996)
Woman with a glass of wine
signed and dated 'Uzo Egonu/ 79' (lower right)
oil on canvas
150.5 x 122.5cm (59 1/4 x 48 1/4in).

Footnotes

  • Uzo Egonu moved from Nigeria to England in 1945. He stayed in the UK, moving to London to study at Camberwell School of Art and later taking evening classes at St Martin's School of Art.

    Egonu first explored painting, later taking up printmaking which he took seriously in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Unfortunately printmaking was both his rise and fall. A lack of protective eyewear when etching, which creates seriously harmful fumes, affected the artist's eyesight. Egonu did continued to paint with the present lot being an exceptional example.

    Woman with a glass of wine is not only the first of the artist's works as his sight was beginning to fade, but also part of a wider body of work focusing on women in a domestic setting.

    Illustrated
    O. Oguibe, Uzo Egonu: An African Artist in the West, (London 1995), p.141

    Bibliography
    O. Oguibe, Uzo Egonu: An African Artist in the West, (London 1995), p.131
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