Sun, 3rd Mar 2019 12:00

Historic, Modern & Contemporary Art

 
Lot 57
 
Lot 57 - Christo Coetzee (South Africa 1929-2000)

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Christo Coetzee (South Africa 1929-2000)
Roses & Grapes

oil on board

Artwork date: 1986
Signature details: signed and dated; signed, dated, inscribed with the title and 'Tulbagh' on the reverse

Sold for R113,800
Estimated at R150,000 - R200,000


Condition Report

Minor surface dirt and minor paint losses along edges.

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oil on board

Artwork date: 1986
Signature details: signed and dated; signed, dated, inscribed with the title and 'Tulbagh' on the reverse

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122 x 122 cm

Notes:

Still life paintings often celebrate the pleasures of life. Roses and fruit provide evidence of the joys of life as much as they are reminders of its brevity. The mandolin, with ancient origins in the musical bows of prehistoric France and the bowed harps of West Africa, is played and enjoyed with varying instruments and styles across the world. But Coetzee would most likely have heard the mandolin in Spain, where he spent a good deal of time each year after acquiring his home in 1965 in Finestrat, in the Valencian province of Alicante on the Mediterranean coast.Painted in 1986, this sumptuous painting explores the romanticism of his Spanish worldview in found objects representing European cultural history and art. However, in tying the mandolin to the stretcher of a painting, Coetzee affirms his radical determination to challenge the conventions of painting by including the back of a canvas in the composition.

Emma Bedford

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Auction: Historic, Modern & Contemporary Art, Sun, 3rd Mar 2019

Aspire Art Auctions set a new bar for the market in its Autumn 19 Auction in Cape Town, with a South African auction record for its cover lot.

An early work, by international star Marlene Dumas, Love Lost (1973/4) achieved R7 283 200, more than doubling its pre-sale estimate of R3 000 000. Further successful sales included a range of paintings by Alexis Preller from across his career, and new world records for work by Jane Alexander, Simphiwe Ndzube, and Moshekwa Langa. These results further establish Aspire’s growing reputation as the discerning auction house for handling contemporary South African art.  

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