Uzo Egonu

Woman in Grief

1968

In Tate Modern

Artist
Uzo Egonu 1931–1996
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 482 x 1202 mm
frame: 607 x 1345 x 35 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Hiltrud Egonu 2014
Reference
T13897

Display caption

T13897

Much of Egonu’s work from this period relates to the Biafran War (1967–70). Woman in Grief was painted in the same year as the two Battles of Onitsha in Nigeria. These were large-scale military conflicts between Biafran and Nigerian forces with high casualties on both sides. The events had particular significance for Egonu who was born in Onitsha. He left Nigeria at the age of thirteen to study in the United Kingdom. Deeply concerned for his family but without the means to return, he followed developments in Nigeria closely.

Gallery label, April 2019

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