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Modern & Contemporary Art

Lot 27
Lot 27 - Andrew Putter (South Africa 1965-)


Andrew Putter (South Africa 1965-)
Guillaume Chenude Chalezac (from the African Hospitality series)

archival pigment ink on cotton rag paper

Artwork date: 2009

Sold for R34,140
Estimated at R30,000 - R40,000

Condition Report

Overall condition is good.

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archival pigment ink on cotton rag paper

Artwork date: 2009


74 x 52.5 cm

Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist. Photography and compositing by Tony Meintjes., from an edition of 8 + 2AP


African Hospitality emerged out of an interest in the encounter between Africa and Europe – both as something that happened in the past, as well as something that is still happening now.Many Europeans were shipwrecked along the ‘Wild Coast’ in the 1600s and 1700s. Although most fled or perished, a handful were taken in by local Xhosa-speaking communities. Some of these European castaways formed deep ties with their African hosts, learning the language, intermarrying, and dying as Africans.Andrew Putter draws equally on the cultural histories of both Europe and Africa. Although the adornments and landscapes are largely South East African, the poses, compositions and lighting are heavily indebted to 18th century English painting. These works remind us that we can choose to affirm new thoughts and feelings emerging through the interplay of dissimilar cultures.Guillaume Chenude Chalezac was a 15-year old French cabin boy who found himself on a small boat sent to the mainland, near present-day East London, after the ship on which he sailed ran into trouble in 1687. Taken in by a Xhosa chief, he learned to speak Xhosa, took part in a military expedition against Khoi raiders, and built up a small herd of cattle.Guillaume wears crane feathers in his hair (signifying his status as a warrior). In his hair he also wears a European diamond comb, and in his ear a European pearl earring. Around his neck are brass and leather necklaces, and on his arms bracelets made of pearls, indigenous coral tree seeds, and a delicate string of ancient trade beads – which would have washed up along the Wild Coast for centuries. He carries an iron-tipped spear in one hand and a carved wooden fighting stick in the other. He wears a piece of French brocade at his waist, belted with goat-skin.

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