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Modern & Contemporary Art

Lot 74
Lot 74 - François Krige (South Africa 1913-1994)


François Krige (South Africa 1913-1994)

oil on board

Artwork date: 1931
Signature details: signed and dated top left

Sold for R62,590
Estimated at R40,000 - R60,000

Condition Report

The overall condition is fair. The paint is dry and dull, there is surface dirt, would benefit from cleaning.

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oil on board

Artwork date: 1931
Signature details: signed and dated top left


38 x 33.5 cm


François Krige, of the prominent Krige family, was born near Oudtshoorn in the Cape, and studied initially at Michaelis in Cape Town in the 1920s. Closest to his brother, the celebrated writer Uys Krige, he moved to Johannesburg around 1930 and became a part of Uys’s circle of artists and literati. He produced this fascinating figure study on a visit to the Krige family farm near Cathcart in the Cape in 1931. Krige’s longstanding fascination with the work of Van Gogh is evident, as is his interest in Japanese art and woodcuts, seen in the angular planes of the initiate’s face. This early painting clearly shows a much more vigorous expressionistic approach from the young artist, perhaps in response to his brother Uys’s criticism of then-doyenne of South African artists, Irma Stern’s approach to painting black subject matter as being too aestheticized and idealised.

James Sey

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