Thu, 3rd Sep 2020 20:00

Modern & Contemporary Art

Lot 163


Diane Victor (South Africa 1964-)
No Hope, No Guts, No Glory, triptych

graphite and charcoal on paper

Artwork date: 1991
Signature details: signed and dated on the reverse of central panel

Sold for R204,840
Estimated at R180,000 - R240,000

Condition Report

The overall condition is good. Minor cockling present in each panel. Mount burn. Minor foxing in the upper right section of right side panel. Not laid down.

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graphite and charcoal on paper

Artwork date: 1991
Signature details: signed and dated on the reverse of central panel


149 x 78.5 cm; 149 x 98 cm; 149 x 78 cm; 149 x 254.5 cm combined


Diane Victor has long been admired as a master draughtswoman with an exceptional command of mark-making and an ability to depict her subject in hauntingly fine detail. In 1988, at the age of 24, Victor was awarded the prestigious Volkskas Atelier Award (now the Absa L’Atelier Award), making her the youngest artist at the time to receive the recognition. With this, Victor received a 10-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Artes in Paris. Created in the years following her return from France, No Hope, No Guts, No Glory has clear references to classical art and its imagery. Having adopted a triangular composition, and with the stance of the right-most female figure – her breast bared, the work nods to French artist Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People (1830), rendering Victor’s drawing a somewhat anti-Romantic rendition of the seminal Romanticist artwork, whilst simultaneously echoing its notions of revolt and revolution. Despite her classical European references, Victor has grounded this work in a local setting with the Union Buildings at Pretoria pictured behind a figure holding a djembe drum. Created in 1991, within the period of negotiations to end apartheid, the artist employs wartime imagery to allude to feelings of paranoia, uncertainty and unpreparedness felt by those resistant to this critical turning point in the country’s history.

Lisa Truter

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Auction: Modern & Contemporary Art, Thu, 3rd Sep 2020

This Spring, Aspire Art Auctions broke new ground with a fresh, yet considered selection of artworks that is demographically more representative and reflects the spirit of current times. With a strong focus on South Africa, the sale also proudly represented artists from 10 African countries (Benin, DRC, Ghana, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Sudan, Togo, Uganda and Zimbabwe) and international artists from Europe, the UK and USA. 

A great highlight was Edoardo Villa’s monumental steel sculpture titled Traverse from 1957 which achieved R4,893,400 – an auction record for the artist. Other exceptional offerings included works by Gerard Sekoto, George Pemba, Peter Clarke and Nicholas Hlobo.

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