31st Oct, 2016 20:00

Historic, Modern & Contemporary Art

Lot 7
Lot 7 - Hugo Naudé (South Africa 1869-1941)


Hugo Naudé (South Africa 1869-1941)
Franschhoek from La Cotte

oil on panel

Sold for R102,312
Estimated at R100,000 - R150,000


oil on panel


24.5 x 34.5 cm

Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery, Cape Town.


It should be noted that Naudé was one of the first pioneering South African artists who ventured abroad to further his art training. It was Naudé’s friendship with Olive Schreiner who supported his decision to go to England and later on to the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich. After his return to South Africa in 1896, Naudé spent much time back on the farm ‘Aan-de-Doorns’, concentrating at first on portraits of friends and labourers busy baking, sweeping, preparing meals or attending to livestock. From 1904 until his departure in 1913 for a second sojourn in Europe, Naudé designed and had a caravan built in which he travelled widely throughout the Boland, Karoo, the Northern Cape, Hermanus and Drakensberg areas more absorbed than ever with the intricacies of landscape painting and intent to capture the sunlight and colour of the veld during the different seasons of the year (Berman 1993: 302).

Once back in Europe, Naudé focussed, amongst others, on refining his etching technique, visiting museums but also acquainting himself with modernist stylistic trends. ‘Naudé’s journey to Europe, via Africa, Palestine and England in 1913 seems, by his own admission, to have focussed his attention more closely on Impressionist practice’ (Cohen 1988:12).

In this painting Naudé worked in bold and broad brushstrokes, stressing the structural elements latent in nature and it seems very likely that he was experimenting stylistically with a Cézannesque approach towards the scenery before him: ‘She (Mrs Molly Earle) recalls that, one day in 1927, after paging through a copy of The Studio, he (Hugo Naudé) said: “Let’s go out and do a Cézanne”.’ (Naudé 1974:14).

Except for three grazing cattle in the foreground an almost identical painting by Hugo Naudé is reproduced in a monograph written by Adele Naudé in the SA Art Library Series (1974:25).

Eunice Basson


Berman, E. (1994). Art and Artists of South, 3rd ed. Halfway House: Southern Book Publishers.

Cohen, E. (1988). Early training and French Vision in South African Art Prior to 1920. In: L. Alexander, E. Bedford and E. Cohen, Paris and South African Artists 1850-1965. Cape Town: South African National Gallery.

Naudé, A. (1974). Hugo Naudé. SA Art Library. Cape Town: C. Struik Publishers.

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Auction: Historic, Modern & Contemporary Art, 31st Oct, 2016

The line-up for our inaugural sale included an extraordinary selection of art. Works ranged from JH Pierneef’s breathtaking Karoo near Hofmeyer, painted in 1930, to Dan Halter’s 2006, ultraviolet light, Pefection. 

Sculptures varied from Edoardo Villa’s acknowledgment of French artist, Aristide Maillol to Wim Botha’s heads that draw on classical and contemporary sources and Ed Young’s cheeky nude self-portrait. Also included were impressive photographs by award-winners, David Goldblatt and Pieter Hugo.

The auction set an impressive standard, with an outstanding sell-through rate of over 75% across 121 lots. The top lot of the sale was Alexis Preller’s exceptional Profile Figures (Mirrored Image), selling for over  R7-million. Record sales were achieved for Villa, Goldblatt, and Hugo, amongst others.


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