Included in our Art Online auction on Friday 10 February, we have a strong group of works by established South African artists. Here Picture specialist Francesca Whitham tells us more about these works and takes us on a tour of South Africa.
From this group, there is a small selection of works from the Estate of Stella Shawzin. Shawzin is remembered as one of the most important figures in the South African modern art movement, renowned for her large-scale sculpture in bronze and marble. She was particularly inspired by the human form and drew on her own experiences of humanity, growing up in apartheid South Africa.
Lot 216: Stella Shawzin (South African 1923-2020), 'Untitled (Sculptural Forms', Pen, ink and watercolour | Est. £300-500 (+ fees)
Lot 216 illustrates Shawzin’s working process as she sketches out ideas in pen, ink and watercolour for her sculptural forms. These fluid formations hold elements comparable to Henry Moore. The viewer is drawn to the sharp cross-hatching which defines the depth and contours across the shapes, helping to visualise the solid large scale form that Shawzin was working towards.
Lot 139: Lionel Abrams (South African 1931-1997), 'Untitled', Oil on board | Est. £150-250 (+ fees)
Also from Shawzin's estate is Lot 139 a charming abstract townscape by Lionel Abrams. The muted colour palette is particularly effective and captures the warm climate.
Lot 217: George Diederick During (South African 1917-1999), 'Woman carrying a pot on her head', Oil pastel on paper | Est. £400-600 (+ fees)
Lot 217 is by South African artist George Diederick During. He was born in Roodepoort in 1917 and went on to study in Johannesburg. After pursuing a career in law he changed paths in 1944 when he attended Technikon Witwatersrand to study art where he was taught by Maurice van Essche. During this time he combined traditional, cultural subject matter with modernist techniques and styles. The present lot is a striking example, constructed of geometric shapes in oil pastel, showing a young African woman carrying a pot on her head. The earthy colours merge together across the sheet softening the sharp angles of the geometric pattern to create a fluid composition.
Lot 172: Len Lindeque (South African b. 1936), 'Men at Work', Ink on blue paper | Est. £50-80 (+ fees)
Also included in the sale are two pieces by one of South Africa’s most celebrated cartoonists, Leonard 'Len' Nico Lindeque. He was born in Brakpan in 1936 and pursued a career in media. At the age of 24 he was appointed as art director of Rooi Rose, an Afrikaans monthly magazine. Len moved to Dagbreek en Landstem followed by some time at Rapport. Later in his career he worked as the official cartoonist for Die Vaderland. Lot 172 is executed in ink and wash and shows a group of men hard at work. We then have Lot 173, which captures the queue outside of the ‘Rand Easter Show’ in 1957. The show began in Johannesburg in 1895 and continues to run annually even today. The show was originally setup as an agricultural exhibition to showcase prize yields and farm products. Today exhibitors include the military tattoo and the South African Defence force.
Lot 173: Len Lindeque (South African b. 1936), 'Rand Easter Show, 1957', Ink, watercolour and pencil on paper | Est. £80-120 (+ fees)
The auction also includes a variety of views of South Africa depicted by British artists. These include landscape paintings of Cape Town and Table Mountain, as well as a view of Langkloof at the Cape of Good Hope.
Friday 10 February | 10.30am GMT
Donnington Priory, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 2JE
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