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Black River

El Anatsui (Ghanaian, born in 1944, active in Nigeria)


Overall: 294.9 × 133.1 cm (116 1/8 × 52 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Paint on cotton cloth

Not On View




1980s, probably acquired from the artist by Christoph Ludszuweit (b. 1954- d. 2018), Berlin [see note]; November 17, 2018, posthumous Ludszuweit sale, Zemanek-Munster, Wurzburg, lot 201-56, to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 20, 2018)

NOTE: From 1983 until 1988, Christoph Ludszuweit taught at the University of Nigeria, where the artist was also a Senior Lecturer.

Credit Line

Stephen D. and Susan W. Paine Acquisition Fund for 20th Century and Contemporary Art, Irving W. and Charlotte F. Rabb Acquisition Fund for the Department of Contemporary Art, and Art of Africa and Oceania Discretionary Fund