27th Mar, 2017 15:00

Historic, Modern & Contemporary Art

Lot 118
Lot 118 - Hugo Naudé (South Africa 1869-1941)


Hugo Naudé (South Africa 1869-1941)
Kammanassie River, Oudtshoorn

oil on canvas

Signature details: signed, inscribed 'On the Old Lowingston Ferry... ...umbesi S.A' on a label on the stretcher and inscribed with the title in another hand on the reverse

Sold for R704,816
Estimated at R300,000 - R500,000


oil on canvas

Signature details: signed, inscribed 'On the Old Lowingston Ferry... ...umbesi S.A' on a label on the stretcher and inscribed with the title in another hand on the reverse


45 x 75 cm


Hugo Naudé, a native from Worcester where he lived all his life, was well-loved and highly respected as an artist in his community. His charming impressionistic landscape painting ‘Kammanassie River’, depicting mountains, vegetation and the river surrounding Oudtshoorn, captures the persuasive tranquillity that exists on the borders of the rural village.In ‘Kammanassie River’ Naudé applied his detailed earlier techniques. The style of this painting offers the viewer an equivalent visual experience to his masterly painted work titled ‘Drying Fruit’ (see Aspire Art Auctions, 31 October 2016, lot 15). The fine treatment of distance and perspective in the painting arises from Naudé’s ability to convincingly merge all the features in the work with unified brushstrokes. This earlier gentle style, in later years gave way to a more controlled delineation in his paintings where bold colours accentuated the painted surfaces.The emphasis of light on a strip of vegetation in the centre of the work, where sunlight presumably penetrated the clouds, is offset against the darker line of trees towards the town and the first mountain range facing the viewer. The distant mountain range is painted with more contained brush strokes, displaying a pinkish red horizon where the sun’s rays reflect off the mountain.Water features, including rivers, waterfalls and seascapes make up an important segment of Naudé’s total oeuvre. The realistically painted section of the Kammanassie River echoes Naudé’s European training. However, as a painter he was much closer to his beloved subject, nature (Naudé, 1974: 61). Realism alone does not describe the true empathy and feeling with which he portrayed a tranquil flowing Kammanassie.The painting subtly records the extent of human habitation at the time when it was painted, displaying cultivated agricultural land, cattle and the Oudtshoorn township on the koppie with scattered farm houses on the right-hand side. The peaceful feeling conveyed by this panoramic scene confirms Naude's skill in observing and portraying nature's timeless quality.

Fred Scott


Naudé, Adele (1974). Hugo Naudé, Cape Town: C. Struik Publishers.

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Auction: Historic, Modern & Contemporary Art, 27th Mar, 2017

The Inaugural Cape Auction offed a diverse range of top-quality historic, modern and contemporary works. With a focus on critically engaged art and a curated approach, seasoned and new collectors competed to acquire significant works.

Aspire’s commitment to the growth of the art market saw international records broken in recognition of exiled South African artists. Louis Maqhubela’s Exiled King, a definitive, politically motivated work, sold for R341,040 - three times his previous record, and Albert Adams’ Untitled (Four Figures with Pitchforks), his first appearance at auction, sold for R136,416. Top prices were also achieved for established artists including J.H Pierneef, William Kentridge, and Edoardo Villa, and contemporary artwork fared exceptionally with record prices for David Brown, Steven Cohen, Mohau Modisakeng, Moshekwa Langa, and Mikhael Subotzky.


Friday 24 March 2017 | 10 am – 7 pm
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Sunday 26 March 2017 | 10 am – 4 pm

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