Négritude was an anti-colonial cultural and political movement founded by a group of African and Caribbean students in Paris in the 1930s who sought to reclaim the value of blackness and African culture. In the 1970s, Ben Enwonwu devoted many of his paintings to exploring how the ideology of Negritude might be interpreted in visual imagery. All his Negritude paintings consisted of a female silhouetted figure placed at the centre of the canvas while echoing smaller figural units in the background.


  • Title: Negritude
  • Creator: Ben Enwonwu
  • Year: 1989
  • Technique: Water colour on paper
  • Dimensions: 31x21 in
  • Collection: Sammy Olagbaju
  • Artwork Title: Negritude
  • Artist: Ben Enwonwu

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