Life in the Fields

Ethiopian art, c. 1935

Code :  ARTNOV0001589

Life in the Fields

Ethiopian art, c. 1935

Code :  ARTNOV0001589


Life in the Fields - Ethiopian art, c. 1935


Ethiopian art, c. 1935

Work title:  Vita nei campi

Time:  XX Century - from 1901 to 2000

Subject:  Scene with Figures

Origin:  Etiopia

Artistic technique:  Pittura

Technical specification:  Oil on canvas

Description : Vita nei campi

The canvas represents daily life and its flow through work in the fields, a central element of survival. In the upper row we see the first plowing, which is followed, after the arrival of the rains, by a second preparation of the soil. In the second row, we see the seeds extracted from the granaries; they are carried in sacks and sown, with subsequent hoe covering; the row closes with the sprouting of seedlings. In the third row the farmer watches over and protects the sown from wild animals; follows the scene of the harvest and the threshing, which ends with the putting away of the fruit of the work in the granary. In the fourth row a woman prepares the flour, and bakes a focaccia; then she washes her husband's feet and he reciprocates by offering her the first bite; the scene ends with the whole family in bed. It is part of a group of seven works, which arrived in Italy at the end of the 1930s; they were purchased directly on site, as we have reconstructed from the correspondence and family photos, by the lawyer xxx, grandfather of the owners, who was sent as the legal representative of an Italian production company in 1935 in Ethiopia, and from there he was expelled in 1938 by General Graziani because he was considered anti-fascist. The canvases remained in the family collection, in the family palace, and are now re-proposed in all their expressive power. Ethiopia has a very particular history: located between Africa and Asia, and between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean, it was a crossroads and meeting point of different cultures, also stimulated by the constant and intense trade flows. Five centuries BC the Aksum dynasty was established; under this reign, in the fourth century after Christ, Christianity was established as the state religion, in its Coptic Orthodox version. The medieval sacred texts also speak, however, of a direct relationship with one of the ten Jewish tribes, who took refuge in Ethiopia, from which the royal lineage was derived through the queen of Sheba. And in fact in Ethiopia the Falascià lineage still lives today, black Jews whose first historical records date back to 600 AD. Ethiopia was therefore a Jewish-Christian bulwark, with African influences, but to be considered almost the southern edge of Mediterranean culture.

Product Condition:
Product in good condition, has small signs of wear and tear.

frame Size (cm):
Height: 83
Width: 140
Depth: 3

work dimensions (cm):
Height: 81
Width: 138
Depth: 3

Additional Information

Time: XX Century - from 1901 to 2000

Subject: Scene with Figures

Artistic technique: Pittura

La pittura è l'arte che consiste nell'applicare dei pigmenti a un supporto come la carta, la tela, la seta, la ceramica, il legno, il vetro o un muro. Essendo i pigmenti essenzialmente solidi, è necessario utilizzare un legante, che li porti a uno stadio liquido, più fluido o più denso, e un collante, che permetta l'adesione duratura al supporto. Chi dipinge è detto pittore o pittrice. Il risultato è un'immagine che, a seconda delle intenzioni dell'autore, esprime la sua percezione del mondo o una libera associazione di forme o un qualsiasi altro significato, a seconda della sua creatività, del suo gusto estetico e di quello della società di cui fa parte.

Technical specification: Oil on canvas

The oil painting is a painting technique using powder pigments mixed with bases in inert and oils.

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