Portrait of Two Women

1979
(Malian, 1936–2016)
Image: 30.5 x 24.1 cm (12 x 9 1/2 in.)
Location: not on view
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Malick Sidibé opened his portrait studio in 1962, two years after the Federation of Mali, formerly part of the French Sudan, became independent.

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Smiles radiate from the sitters in Portrait of Two Women, 1979, demonstrating their pleasure at this commemoration of their friendship. Elaborately braided hairdos and African-print fabric dresses (made, albeit, in Western styles) signal a pride in traditional African artforms that accompanied the pride in nationalism.
Portrait of Two Women

Portrait of Two Women

1979

Malick Sidibé

(Malian, 1936–2016)
Mali

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