Sun, 28th Oct 2018 8:30

Historic, Modern and Contemporary Art

Lot 45
Lot 45 - Frans Oerder (Netherlands 1867-1944)


Frans Oerder (Netherlands 1867-1944)

oil on canvas

Signature details: signed

Sold for R170,700
Estimated at R200,000 - R250,000

Condition Report

Cleaned and re-varnished. Good.

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oil on canvas

Signature details: signed


81 x 100.5 cm


Frans Oerder received thorough training within the northern European art tradition at the Rotterdam Academy of Art, where he was awarded a medal for figure drawing. He settled in South Africa in 1890, and secured a position as artisan with the Netherlands South African Railway Company (ZASM) as the company was in the process of building a railway line to Lorenço Marques and in need of skilled workers. Oerder worked for a time in the Komatipoort area where he was exposed to the harsh conditions of the bushveld, initially so totally foreign to his creative European sensibilities. Subsequently, this experience led him as painter to accurately observe the natural scenery and to adapt his eye to accommodate the unforgiving glare of the African sun. After the South African War, where he was commissioned to work as a war artist, Oerder settled once again in Pretoria and hired studio space in Church Street.

His friend and supporter Dr F.V. Engelenburg, introduced Oerder to many well-known personalities and soon the artist became actively involved in the cultural life of the town. Anton van Wouw became a frequent visitor and friend as well as Gustav Preller, Dr W.J. Leyds and Dr H.G. Breyer. During this time, the artist agreed to assist the young Jacob Hendrik Pierneef with painting lessons before he (Oerder) embarked on a European tour in 1907. Oerder eventually settled in Rotterdam in 1908 and in 1909 married the flower painter Gerda Pitlo. Gradually his palette turned towards darker hues as he depicted the Dutch countryside and intimate interiors. The artist returned to South Africa in 1938 where he undertook much travelling to the Lowveld and the Cape to paint and exhibit his work. Oerder’s painterly interests revolved around the major genres of landscape painting, portraiture and still life. His wife’s influence as a flower painter remained an inspiration and in later years he derived much joy in painting his own flower studies. In this study,Oerder captured the arresting brilliance of the chrysanthemums by focussing his brush on the intensity of the cadmium yellow and the striking highlights as unifying features within the composition. The rather indistinct background, the vase and tablecloth all serve as dramatic substructures in support of the glorious profusion of colour in this painting.

Eunice Basson

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Auction: Historic, Modern and Contemporary Art, Sun, 28th Oct 2018

Aspire Art Auctions brought a significant double-header of top lot leads to this sale.

Stellar results were achieved for internationally prominent William Kentridge and Alexis Preller, one of South Africa’s most respected and collectable modern artists. Collectors were attracted to Kentridge’s remarkable, Drawing from Stereoscope (Double page, Soho in two rooms) (1999), which sold for R6 600 400, while Preller’s Adam (1972), sold for a world record at R9 104 000. Modern offerings also included works by Peter Clarke, Kenneth Bakker, and Douglas Portway, while the contemporary segment included Moshekwa Langa, Penny Siopis, Simon Stone, Clive van den Berg, and Georgina Gratrix, amongst others.

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