Ending 13th Dec, 2021 18:57

Summer Collection: Modern & Contemporary Art and Books

Lot 112
Lot 112 - Olivia Scholnick (South Africa 1927-2015)


Olivia Scholnick (South Africa 1927-2015)
Abstract landscape with pink and ochre

oil on canvas

Signature details: signed bottom right
Location: Cape Town

Sold for R5,159
Estimated at R4,000 - R6,000


oil on canvas

Signature details: signed bottom right
Location: Cape Town


80.5 x 100.5 cm; framed size: 85.5 x 105.5 x 4 cm


The Union of Jewish Women, Cape branch.


Proceeds of the sale of this work will go to The Union of Jewish Women of South Africa, Cape Town. The organisation is committed to investing in all the people of South Africa, and proceeds will assist towards projects aimed at creating a better quality of life for all.

“A response to the landscape has been one of the sustaining themes in South African painting. Olivia Scholnick’s response is of two kinds. It deals with encounters with specific landscapes; but equally it deals with landscapes of the mind.

One may regard her paintings as points of intersection where the landscape seen, the landscape remembered and the landscape reconstructed meet.” Professor Neville Dubow, Exhibition opening, UCT Irma Stern Museum, 1995

Olivia Scholnick originally studied music at the University of Stellenbosch. At this time she also took classes in painting with Alfred Krenz and later studied graphics at the Green Point Art Centre under well-known artist Kevin Atkinson. She is specifically known for her abstracted landscapes and garden depictions as well as retro graphics. Her works can be found in collections throughout South Africa, including the Iziko South African National Gallery and the Pretoria Art Museum.

The artist bequeathed a number of artworks from her personal collection to The Union of Jewish Women, upon her death in 2015.


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Auction: Summer Collection: Modern & Contemporary Art and Books, ending 13th Dec, 2021


Aspire brings a large-scale and vibrant collection to auction in the final sale of 2021. 248 lots, including paintings, ceramics, sculpture, multiples and editions and an impressive collection of books, make for easy collecting in the Online only sale. 

Leading modern artists include Walter Battiss, Peter Clarke, Dumile Feni and Johannes Meintjes. Contemporary voices include Zander Blom, Conrad Botes, Norman Catherine, Georgina Gratrix, Lucy Jane Turpin and Alexia Vogel and photography highlights showcase Mikhael Subotzky, Nandipha Mntambo and Berni Searle.

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