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Moke (Congolese, 1950–2001)
LOT ID: 88919
Bus Dokolo, 1992

Oil, on canvas
33.45 х 28.75 in. (84.96 x 73.03 cm.)
Signed, and dated "PEINTURE MOKE '92" lower front right. This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
Lot description
"Bus Dokolo" (1992) is an exciting example of the celebratory figurative paintings that have made African artist 'Moke' (1950-2001) one of the most important Contemporary African artists of his generation. Unframed dimensions: 33.45 x 28.75 in/(85 x 73 cm) and in excellent condition. A smiling, happy family is depicted together on a street of Kinshasa, dressed uniformly in formal white as if going to a celebration or party. "PEINTURE MOKE" or Moke the Painter, is one of founders of the "Zaire Popular Painting" artistic style. Considered a "painter reporter" of city life, Moke immersed himself in the daily life of the capital city Kinshasa of his native Democratic Republic of Congo, from which he drew his inspiration. His realistic and vivacious paintings reveal his meticulous observation of daily life in the city: domestic and street scenes, bar life, local dandies, rumbas and all-night parties, neighborhood disputes, public transportation, and political ceremonies.
Bus dokolo by Moke
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