Young Chleuh a souvenir of Morocco
This portrait of a Chleuh in coloured chalk is by the Russian painter Zinaida Evgenieva Serebriakova. Thanks to an invitation from Baron Jean de Brouwer, she discovered Africa in 1928, and Morocco in 1930. She painted highly colourful figures like this young man from a Berber tribe in south-west Morocco. Proposed on 14 October in Auxerre (Auxerre Enchères - Auxerre Estimations), it fetched €74,400 thanks to a major foreign enthusiast. Chantal Humbert
Three Baphuon items reached a total of €1,064,865 on the 21 October last in Paris at the Cornette de Saint Cyr auction house. The divinity figure reached €378,910, followed in close pursuit by a representation of Shiva at €373,000 while a representation of Devi/Uma fetched €311,040. All three are in stoneware and date from the 11th century. The elegant and supple forms, the harmony and quest for perfection are all characteristic of the Baphuon style. This artistic tradition takes its name from the Baphuon temple dedicated to Shiva and part of the monumental Angkor complex, built during the reign of Udayadityavarman II (1050-1066). Last year, a team of archaeologists from the École française d'Extrême-Orient/French School of Asian Studies finished the restoration of the temple after more than a century of work. The Baphuon style is one of the high points of Khmer art, as this auction has indeed proved S. A.