17th Jul, 2017 17:00

Historic, Modern & Contemporary Art

Lot 109
Lot 109 - Hugo Naudé (South Africa 1869-1941)


Hugo Naudé (South Africa 1869-1941)
Snow capped mountains, Worcester

oil on canvas

Signature details: signed

Sold for R56,840
Estimated at R100,000 - R150,000


oil on canvas

Signature details: signed


30 x 45 cm


Viewed from a distance, or through half closed eyes, the viewer encounters in this painting a realistic representation of the landscape of the Breede River Valley outside Worcester, the town in the Western Cape where Hugo Naudé was born and died 72 years later. Where the sun breaks through the clouds, the snow-capped mountains reflect a radiant whiteness under a cold sky. A thicker cloud cover seems to dominate overhead, hence the more subdued peaty green in the foreground stretching into the foothills towards the mountains. Although without traces of direct sunlight in this section, Naudé plays characteristically with light reflecting in the puddles, some shiny rocks further on and a more significant body of water to the left, perhaps the Breede River itself.Up close, Naudé’s surprisingly small landscapes reveal the approach of an artist who mastered Impressionism, sometimes even lauded for establishing “Cape Impressionism” as a genre. However, Naudé did not consistently adhere to the theories of Impressionism – his approach was more intuitive than scientific. Naudé seems to have preferred working on a smaller scale, a format that allowed him to capture a scene in the open air and on a single outing.When he returned to South Africa in 1896 after five years in Europe, studying portraiture at the Slade School in London and at the Kunst Akademie in Munich, Naudé started exploring the landscape of the Western Cape for which he subsequently became famous. This new focus on landscape brought with it what he referred to as his struggles with South African light and colour. Eventually he succeeded in developing a technique that brought a spontaneous sparkle to his paintings, and a style that enabled him to capture not only fields of flowers bathed in full sun, but also the dampness of a wintery day highlighted by waxy light.

Johan Myburg

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Auction: Historic, Modern & Contemporary Art, 17th Jul, 2017

Aspire Art Auctions’ second Johannesburg sale offered a selection of some of the best works produced by local and international artists available on the local market. Offerings included Cameroonian-born, Belgium-based, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Chilean, Eugenio Dittborn, and South Africans, William Kentridge, Kendell Geers, Louis Maqhubela, Cecil Skotnes, Maggie Laubser, Irma Stern, and Mohau Modisakeng, amongst others.

The sale was led by an international auction record of R1 200 320 achieved for a drawing, Children under Apartheid, by exiled South African artist Dumile Feni, as well as the successful sale of top international lot Golden Mask by renowned performance artist Marina Abramović. 


Friday 14 July 2017 | 10 am – 7 pm
Saturday 15 July 2017 | 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday 16 July 2017 | 10 am – 4 pm

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