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"At the Market, Congo," Large Art Deco Master Painting by Paul Travis


In an era when fine art and natural history museums commissioned artists to travel the world to draw, paint and sculpt the native cultures they saw, Paul Travis' travels to Africa were among the most consequential. Travis was asked by the Karamu House settlement and other local African-American organizations and individuals in Cleveland to travel the continent. He produced a prolific array of drawings, watercolors and oil paintings from the Congo and other areas, including this example, one of his best. Here he shows a group of Mangbetu tribespeople, bringing fruit and animals to market, the pumpkins, exotic fruit, and brilliantly-plumaged birds contrasting with the deep skin tones of the people, which give rich tones and colors to this painting. We consider this to be one of Travis' masterpieces. The medium is oil paint on board; dimensions include the frame.


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    H 62 in. x W 42.5 in. x D 2 in.

    H 157.48 cm x W 107.95 cm x D 5.08 cm

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    Philadelphia, PA
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