This work dates around 1955.
The scene takes place in Elisabethville, in the province of Katanga, Belgian Congo. We are grateful to Ferdinand Pire Ferdinand, the artist's son, for his assistance in preparing this catalogue entry.
Another similar market scene is illustrated by Lynne Thornton, Les Africanistes, paintres voyageurs 1860-1960, Paris, A.C.R. Edition, 1990. It was also exhibited in Impressions d'Afrique: peintres et sculpteurs belges et zaïrois, Hôtel Communal de Schaerbeek, 1991, illustrated on p.33 of the catalogue.