Woman in Grief

© Uzo Egonu estate. Image credit: Tate

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Much of Egonu’s work from this period relates to the Biafran War (1967–70). Woman in Grief was painted in the same year as the two Battles of Onitsha in Nigeria. These were large-scale military conflicts between Biafran and Nigerian forces with high casualties on both sides. The events had particular significance for Egonu who was born in Onitsha. He left Nigeria at the age of thirteen to study in the United Kingdom. Deeply concerned for his family but without the means to return, he followed developments in Nigeria closely.


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Woman in Grief




oil paint on canvas


H 48.2 x W 120.2 cm

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Presented by Hiltrud Egonu 2014

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