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Tributes Paid To Giant of African Art, Ousmane Sow

Tributes are being paid to Senegalese sculptor Ousmane Sow, led by the country’s President Macky Sall, who calls him “a great Senegalese artist”.

He’s tweeted a film of Sow talking (in French) about his work and the importance of his sculptures having an African sensibility:

Senegalese singer Youssou Ndour has also expressed what a great loss Sow is to Africa on the world stage:

Sow began his series of striking bronzes of muscular African men with the Nuba wrestlers in the late 1980s. He went on to create other acclaimed collections: The Maasai, The Zulus, The Fulani and The Egyptians.

A man walks past some of the sculptures by Senegalese sculptor Ousmane Sow exhibited on the famous Ponts des Arts 18 March 1999 in Paris

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His 1999 retrospective on the Pont des Arts next to the Louvre museum in Paris attracted an estimated three million visitors
A sculpture by Senegalese artist Ousmane Sow is shown during an exhibition at Christies auction house in Paris before going under the hammer on 8 December 2009

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Some of his sculptures were sold at auction at Christies

He also did a sculpture of the famous French writer Victor Hugo:

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Ousmane Sow standing next to his sculpture of the author Victor Hugo

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This statue of Victor Hugo stands 7ft 5in high and weighs about 370kg (more than 52 stone)

Standing 6ft 4in tall (1.9m), Dakar-born Sow was as strong and handsome as his sculptures, once proudly saying that he “never had a boss” in his life, the AFP news agency reports.

But he knew hardship and hunger after arriving in France aged 22 working at several jobs before training as a nurse and later a physiotherapist, AFP says.

At the age of 50 when he was living back in Senegal, he devoted himself fully to sculpture.

Source: bbc

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