Ibrahim El-Salahi. The Mosque. 1964

Ibrahim El-Salahi

The Mosque


Oil on canvas
12 1/8 x 18 1/8" (30.7 x 46 cm)
Elizabeth Bliss Parkinson Fund
Object number
Painting and Sculpture
This work is on view on Floor 5, in a Collection Gallery, with 15 other works online.
Ibrahim El-Salahi has 2 works  online.
There are 2,375 paintings online.

A writer, critic, politician, and foundational figure of African modernism, El-Salahi merges a range of influences in his work, from Sudanese decorative elements and Arabic calligraphy, which he has practiced since childhood, to the Western formal traditions he absorbed while studying at London's Slade School of Art in the mid-1950s. The Mosque, with its architectural minarets, suggestion of calligraphic forms in motion, and elongated, masklike figure, attests to these various inspirations. In 1964, El-Salahi received a Rockefeller Foundation grant to travel to New York, where he befriended artists including Romare Bearden, Richard Hunt, and Jacob Lawrence, and met MoMA's then-director Alfred H. Barr, Jr., who acquired this work for the collection the following year.

Gallery label from 2017

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