1 July 1998,
Price realised NLG 20,758
NLG 20,000 - NLG 30,000
André Hallet (1890-1959)
The red dancers - Kanda-Kanda
'Les danseuses rouges - Kanda-Kanda'
signed lower left A.Hallet, signed again and inscribed with title on the stretcher
oil on canvas
100.5 x 80.5 cm
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Painted in 1937.
In the Equateur province and in the Kasai, these women, in certain circumstances, smeared their bodies with earth, oil and the crushed bark of the kula tree, which coloured them red. This tukula was not only an adornment, but also was a powerful disinfectant. The clusters of balls, hung on their posteriors, are the dried fruit of Borassus palm trees, whose seeds rattle as the dancers move accentuating the rythm.
We are grateful to Christian Devred-Hallet for her assistance in preparing this catalogue entry.
Directly from the family of the artist.
Christiane Devred-Hallet, Andre Hallet 1890-1959, Bruxelles 1988, p.201, illustrated.
Liège, Salon Quatriennal de Belgique, André Hallet, 1940, nr.8.
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