Bela Sara (c. 1920-1968), Chad


Oil on masonite panel with original artist's frame

19 3/4 x 27 1/4 in. (50 x 69 cm)


About this artwork

Bela Sara, a Chadian who worked as a guardian in the former Belgian Congo, is known for his scenes of nature and wildlife. Against delicate clouds and wisps of blue sky, he shows a bird of prey with claws extended ready to grab a plump rabbit that seems to think he cannot be seen in the tall grass.

Bela’s work can be seen in numerous museums in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Europe and the US. His work was shown in the Beauté Congo exhibition at the Fondation Cartier in Paris in 2015-16.

Yolanda Valois. “Il s’appelait Bela.” Entre les lignes, April 29, 2021. Accessed May 3, 2023.’appelait-bela.

Koli Jean Bophane. “Démystifier la tradition.” Le Monde, July 9, 2015. Accessed May 3, 2023.

Marlène Panara. “Beauté Congo - 1926-2015 : l’art congolais dévoilé par la Fondation Cartier.” Jeune Afrique , July 9, 2015. Accessed May 3, 2023.