Négritude was an anti-colonial movement started by African and Caribbean students in 1930s Paris.

Négritude was spearheaded by Aimé Césaire, a Martinican poet, Léon Damas, a poet from French Guiana, and Léopold Sédar Senghor, who, besides being a poet, would later become the President of Senegal. Influenced by various artistic styles and movements like surrealism and the Harlem Renaissance, Négritude transformed into a global art movement when its artists and intellectuals were dispersed from Paris due to the outbreak of the Second World War.

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Parra's studio, with Parra at the centre, his back to the camera as he works on the large painting takes centre stage, showing a faceless blue woman in a striped dress, painted in red, purple, blue and teal. The studio is full of brightly coloured paints, with a large window on the right and a patterned rug across the floor under the painting.