Cartoon for a wall painting: After Courbet

Originally intended as a wall painting installation, these water colours were made as preliminary works for the larger installation. The works depict the meeting between Ota Benga a Pygmy from the Congo and Geronimo the Apache chief at the time of their presentation on exhibition in the St. Louis Worlds Fair in 1903. The two were exhibited side by side during the exposition in an ethnographic tableau of ‘world cultures’. Mark Twain is included as the third protagonist in this narrative. The depiction is not accurate nor documentary yet uses the structure of Courbet’s work to envision this meeting of historical significance.