Located at 34 rue Mazarine, in the heart of the premier art district in Paris, the Olivier Castellano Gallery offers tribal art sculptures from ancient collections and rigorously selected for both their age and their plastic qualities.
The items shown in the archives category were sold by the gallery in the last years.
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Provenance: Old French collection
Republic of the Congo
Provenance: Collection Robert Jacobsen
Collection Jacques Ulmann
Collection Michel Gaud
Collection Bernard Fraissine
Publication: Arts primitifs dans les ateliers d’artistes;
Musée de l’Homme Paris 1967 n°105
Provenance: Collection Henry Simon (1874-1926), Minister of the Colonies from 1917 to 1920
Like Werner Schmalenbach said, the essence of art is found when shape meets expression as one cannot exist without the other. Tribal Art adds to these two necessary qualities a third one; the signs of ritual usage marked deeply in the materials, a patina that gives tribal sculptures such a particular soul. It is the meeting of these three qualities that make a great tribal art item.