This image of a man and woman embracing is inspired by the practice of studio photography, which flourished in Senegal in the 1950s and remains an important art form to this day. Studio portraits allowed individuals to express themselves with clothing, jewelry, hairstyles, poses, and even props. The man in this portrait wears a pith helmet, an emblem of status associated with foreign colonial authority.
- Titles Untitled (Couple Embracing) (Descriptive)
- Artist Babacar Lô, Senegalese, born 1929
- Medium glass, india ink, enamel paint, cardboard backing, and adhesive paper
- Credit Line Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Given by friends of Lucille and Veltra Dawson, in memory of Veltra, and in honor of their wonderful years together, AFI.154.2015
- Object Name reverse glass painting
- Classification Paintings
- On View