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SONJA FERLOV MANCOBA

Born 1911 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Died 1984 in Paris, France.

Sonja Ferlov Mancoba holds a central position in Danish art history. Primarily affiliated with Linien, she also exhibited with Høstudstillingen and CoBrA. Ferlov Mancoba's sculptures from 1935 to 1984 are artistic expressions of her view of humanity: "They are human expressions more than art," as she put it. She believed in letting the material speak to her and proceeded without prior plans or finished compositions in mind. In her strong bronze sculptures, you see inspiration fluctuating between movements of spontaneous art and concrete constructivism.
 

Born 1911, Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Sonja Ferlov Mancoba holds a central position in Danish art history. Primarily affiliated with Linien, she showed with other Danish artists groups as well, including Høstudstillingen and CoBrA. In 1936 she moved to Paris, where in 1942 she married the South African painter Ernest Mancoba. Returning to Denmark in 1947, they were part of Høstudstillingen's CoBrA years, 1948 and 1949. Discouraged by the break-up of the movement, they moved back to Paris in 1961. Ferlov Mancoba's sculptures from 1935 to 1984 are artistic expressions of her view of humanity: "They are human expressions more than art," as she put it. She believed in letting the material speak to her and proceeded without prior plans or finished compositions in mind, and in her strong bronze sculptures you see inspiration that fluctuate between the movements of spontaneous art and the concrete constructivism as well as tradition African art.