Gérard Santoni

(Ivorian, 1943-2008)

Cotton, bark cloth, and dye (indigo or kola nut)

Overall: 89.5 x 125.7 cm (35 1/4 x 49 1/2 in.)

Gift of Robert and Elizabeth Soppelsa, in memory of the artist Gérard Santoni 2018.307


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Of all his tapestries, this particular work bears the closest connection to Santoni’s better known paintings in indigo blue.


Gérard Santoni was a modernist pioneer artist from Côte d’Ivoire. From the late 1980s to the early 1990s, he created a small body of tapestries of which the present work is the most significant, influenced by his maternal Baule heritage and inspired by the natural environment of Cote d’Ivoire. The elements of nature are apparent in the work but are reduced to the essence of bold, jagged, and zigzag lines, rendered in the artist's recurring palette of indigo blue, white, and red.

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