Prints and Drawings
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Artist: Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Nigerian and American, born 1983, M.F.A. 2011

The Rest of Her Remains


Charcoal, acrylic, ink, collage, and Xerox transfers on paper

207.33 × 279.88 cm (81 5/8 × 110 3/16 in.)
framed: 218.92 × 291.94 × 9.37 cm (86 3/16 × 114 15/16 × 3 11/16 in.)
Purchased with a gift from the Arthur and Constance Zeckendorf Foundation

Nigerian-born artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby appropriated the placement and pose of the figure from Édouard Manet’s painting The Dead Toreador (probably 1864, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.) to create The Rest of Her Remains, a multicultural, boldly feminist statement. She replaced the male body in Manet’s work with a female body, located in a modern bedroom and surrounded by a patchwork of images drawn from Akunyili Crosby’s Nigerian culture. Using charcoal, acrylic, ink, collage, and Xerox transfers, she bridged old traditions with new technologies and methods of image making. The resulting large-scale composition defies classification and challenges the Eurocentric art-historical canon.

Made in United States
or made in Nigeria
Not on view
Nigerian and American
21st century
Works on Paper - Drawings and Watercolors

Frauke V. Josenhans, Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 2016 (New Haven, CT: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), ill.

Yale University Art Gallery Yale Art Gallery Bulletin (2016): 111, ill.

Frauke V. Josenhans, “Painting with Fragments: Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s The Rest of Her Remains,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2016): 110, fig. 1.

Lisa Hodermarsky et al., On the Basis of Art: 150 Years of Women at Yale, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2021), 304–5, no. 79, fig. 1.

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