FERNAND ALLARD L'OLIVIER (Belgian, 1883-1933)

The greyhounds of Musinga
signed 'Allard l'Olivier' (lower right) and inscribed with title (verso)
oil on canvas
80.5 x 100cm (31 11/16 x 39 3/8 in)
Brussels, Galerie des Artistes Français (Isy Brachot), Allard l'Olivier au Congo, April 1929, no. 8 (illustrated)
Jacqueline Guisset (editor), Le Congo et l'Art beige, 1880-1960, Tournai, 2003 This picture depicts the Tutsi royal guard dancing for Mwani Musinga at Nyanza (Rwanda). At the time, these dances were only performed by the royal guard before the king. Allard l'Olivier was fascinated by the spectacle of dance, often sketching during performances and later translating the sketches into works on canvas.
Another work by the artist depicting the same subject is illustrated in Lynne Thornton, Les Africanistes: Peintres Voyageurs (Paris, 1990), page 139.