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Body praise Arts (N° 19503)

If the history of Josette and Jean-Claude Weill's collection begins with painting, their passionate quest for new forms quickly leads them to embrace the infinite diversity of the early arts. Matured over the decades, under the enthusiastic eye of their son Jean-Pierre, their collection today includes more than 120 works of the highest order, from the arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas. Several large ensembles are taking shape, reflecting the Weill family's inclination for bold, expressionist forms: Dogon and tellem statues combining geometric shapes and textured surfaces, but also kongo power figures adorned with their magical charge. The collection also gives pride of place to expressive arts from Nigeria, Cameroon and Melanesia. Among the most classical works are iconic pieces - such as the bena lulua statue that once belonged to Jacques Kerchache, the fang reliquary figure by Edward Robinson, or the powerful biwat flute stopper from the Lemaire collection - which testify both to the Weill's sure taste and to the sharp eye they had for this art from elsewhere. A microcosm in the collection, a large group of ivories of great refinement constitutes a third of the works collected.
This book will be an opportunity to unveil this Parisian collection, shrouded in mystery, as remarkable as it is confidential. The editor of the publication, Charles-Wesley Hourdé (expert and independent researcher) wanted to highlight the richness and diversity of this exceptional collection. He has thus surrounded himself with prestigious authors, whose notes will accompany each of the objects. Among them are Viviane Baeke (Africa Museum, Tervuren), Philippe Dagen (art historian and critic), Jean-Paul Colleyn (anthropologist), Bertrand Goy (author specializing in the Ivory Coast), Hélène Joubert (musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac), Hélène Leloup (art historian and antique dealer), Sean Mooney (The Rock Foundation, Houston), and Philippe Peltier (formerly musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac).

Text: Charles-Wesley Hourdé
Editions: Five Continents
Status: NEW

Language: French
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 240 x 285 mm
ISBN : 978-8874398997  

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