20th Apr, 2024 18:00

TAKING FLIGHT: Selected Works from the Phoenix Collection

  Lot 2
Lot 2 - François Krige (South Africa 1913-1994)


François Krige (South Africa 1913-1994)
Kogmanskloof, Montagu

oil on canvas

Artwork date: 1986
Signature details: signed and dated bottom left
Literature: Fox, J. (2002). 'The Life and Art of Francois Krige', Cape Town: Fernwood Press, illustrated in colour on p.97.

R200,000 - R300,000

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oil on canvas

Artwork date: 1986
Signature details: signed and dated bottom left
Literature: Fox, J. (2002). 'The Life and Art of Francois Krige', Cape Town: Fernwood Press, illustrated in colour on p.97.


73.5 x 73 cm; framed size: 111.5 x 111 x 4 cm


Stephan Welz & Co., Johannesburg, Decorative & Fine Arts, Ceramics, Silver, Furniture, Jewels & Books, 16 to 17 November 2010, lot 390.


In 1966, Francois Krige relocated from bustling Cape Town to Montagu in the western Karoo. The naturally shy and reserved artist found solace in the quietude of Montagu, away from the social demands of urban life. His reluctance to engage in collaborations, exhibitions, or sales during his career was notable among friends. While the artist rarely exhibited during his own lifetime, his significant impact on South African art is honoured at the Montagu Museum. Established in 1957 to safeguard the region's social and cultural heritage, the museum's permanent exhibition of Krige's artwork stands as a testament to his enduring legacy and his fascination with Montagu and its surrounding landscapes.

Montagu became Krige’s sanctuary, offering a tranquil backdrop of dramatic mountains and a kaleidoscope of colourful vegetation. In the current lot, Kogmanskloof, Montagu, the artist brilliantly captures the typical Cape-fold rock formations that seemingly cut through the land with their jagged edges. Krige uses short, expressive brushstrokes to highlight the texture of the rock, using colour and paint application as the sculpting hand of his scenes, rather than static line. Krige also employs vibrant hues to accentuate the shifting play of light, delineating the varied contours of the rocks and evoking the passage of time as daylight travels across the landscape, revealing the subtle nuances of each moment from dawn to dusk.

The beautiful Kogmanskloof area


The artist is represented in numerous local and international collections, notably, the Ellerman House collection, Cape Town; Rupert Museum, Stellenbosch; William Humphreys Gallery, Kimberley and the University of Cape Town.

The overall condition is excellent.

Fly specks in the upper right quadrant, visible in the lightest areas of the sky.

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Auction: TAKING FLIGHT: Selected Works from the Phoenix Collection, 20th Apr, 2024



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