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Life in the fields
ARTNOV0001589

Life in the fields

art of ethiopia, 1935 ca.

ARTNOV0001589

Life in the fields

art of ethiopia, 1935 ca.

The canvas represents the daily life and its flow through the work in the fields, the central element of survival. In the top row we see the first ploughing, followed, after the arrival of the rains, a second preparation of the soil. In the second row, we extract the seeds from the granaries; they are carried in sacks and seeded, with subsequent overlay of a hoe; the row ends with the sprouting of the seedlings. In the third row, the farmer watches over and protects from the wild beasts of the sown; then follows the scene of the gathering and typing, which closes with the store in the granary, the fruit of the work. In the fourth row, a woman prepares in the flour, and bakes a cake; lava and then the walk to her husband and he reciprocates by offering her the first bite of food; 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 '30s; were purchased directly on-site , as we have reconstructed from the correspondence and from the family photos, from the lawyer xxx, grandfather of the owners, who was sent as a legal representative of a company of Italian production in 1935 in Ethiopia, and from here it was driven out in 1938 by general Graziani, because it was considered anti-fascist. The paintings remained in the family collection, in the palace of the family, and are now presented in all their expressive force. Ethiopia has a very particular history: it is situated between Africa and Asia, and between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean, was a crossroads and meeting point of different cultures, stimulated also by the constant and intense trade flows. Five centuries before Christ, stabilized the dynasty of Aksum; in this kingdom, in the fourth century after Christ, christianity was established as state religion, in his version, the coptic orthodox. The sacred texts of the medieval speak also, however, a direct relationship with one of the ten Hebrew tribes, after fleeing to Ethiopia, from which sprang the royal family through the queen of Sheba. And in fact, in Ethiopia still live today), the line of the Falascià, black jews, whose first historical mention dates back to 600 after Christ. Ethiopia was then a bastion of jewish-christian, with african influences, but to be considered almost the southern edge of the mediterranean culture.

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