Wed, 29th Sep 2021 19:00

Modern & Contemporary Art

 
  Lot 20
 
Lot 20 - Ruth  Everard Haden (South Africa 1904-1992)

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Ruth Everard Haden (South Africa 1904-1992)
Landscape Near Lekkerdraai

oil on canvas

Signature details: signed bottom right; inscribed with the artist’s name, title and medium on an Everard Read gallery label on the reverse

(Qty: 1)

44.5 x 53 cm; framed size: 62.5 x 71.5 x 5 cm

Provenance:

Private collection, Johannesburg.

Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg.

Notes:

Ruth Everard Haden was the first daughter of the artist Bertha Everard. Both Ruth and her sister, Rosamund Everard Steenkamp, pursued art as did Bertha’s sister Edith King, and the family of woman painters are well-known as the Everard Group.

Ruth received a thorough training in art. In 1922 she left South Africa to study in London, but found the tuition conservative and rigid and in 1923 moved to the more exuberant Paris. There she studied at the Colarossi Art School and also in the studio of painter André Lhote. In France, Ruth absorbed and embraced modern principles, but in 1928 returned home. She settled near her family home in Mpumalanga and while her painting would maintain a French influence, the landscape in Mpumalanga was a lifelong source of inspiration.

The Everard’s home was the majestic Bonnefoi, seventeen kilometers north of Carolina on the gravel road to Machadadorp. While Bonnefoi was their family home, the Everards, in fact, lived between this residence and a nearby farm named Lekkerdraai. Ruth’s father Charles had purchased Lekkerdraai in 1888 but it was only in 1910 or 1911 that his wife, Bertha, decided to develop it. Charles mostly stayed at Bonnefoi but Bertha turned Lekkerdraai into a ‘winter farm’. Each year the family would load a wagon with provisions to last several months – bedding, clothes, books and painting materials – and travel to the farm. Lekkerdraai was secluded and diffcult to reach and, over time Bertha grew to prefer it to Bonnefoi, which was often busy and crowded. The sisters also immensely looked forward to the winter months at Lekkerdraai and Ruth would have spent childhood winters here from when she was around 6 or 7 years old.

Landscape near Lekkerdraai is an exceptional work. Painted in a rich, warm palette, the artist uses bold shapes or areas of colour to construct her composition – beautifully capturing an area known intimately to her and where she, no doubt, held many fond childhood memories.

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R120,000 - R180,000
 

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oil on canvas

Signature details: signed bottom right; inscribed with the artist’s name, title and medium on an Everard Read gallery label on the reverse

(Qty: 1)

44.5 x 53 cm; framed size: 62.5 x 71.5 x 5 cm

Provenance:

Private collection, Johannesburg.

Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg.

Notes:

Ruth Everard Haden was the first daughter of the artist Bertha Everard. Both Ruth and her sister, Rosamund Everard Steenkamp, pursued art as did Bertha’s sister Edith King, and the family of woman painters are well-known as the Everard Group.

Ruth received a thorough training in art. In 1922 she left South Africa to study in London, but found the tuition conservative and rigid and in 1923 moved to the more exuberant Paris. There she studied at the Colarossi Art School and also in the studio of painter André Lhote. In France, Ruth absorbed and embraced modern principles, but in 1928 returned home. She settled near her family home in Mpumalanga and while her painting would maintain a French influence, the landscape in Mpumalanga was a lifelong source of inspiration.

The Everard’s home was the majestic Bonnefoi, seventeen kilometers north of Carolina on the gravel road to Machadadorp. While Bonnefoi was their family home, the Everards, in fact, lived between this residence and a nearby farm named Lekkerdraai. Ruth’s father Charles had purchased Lekkerdraai in 1888 but it was only in 1910 or 1911 that his wife, Bertha, decided to develop it. Charles mostly stayed at Bonnefoi but Bertha turned Lekkerdraai into a ‘winter farm’. Each year the family would load a wagon with provisions to last several months – bedding, clothes, books and painting materials – and travel to the farm. Lekkerdraai was secluded and diffcult to reach and, over time Bertha grew to prefer it to Bonnefoi, which was often busy and crowded. The sisters also immensely looked forward to the winter months at Lekkerdraai and Ruth would have spent childhood winters here from when she was around 6 or 7 years old.

Landscape near Lekkerdraai is an exceptional work. Painted in a rich, warm palette, the artist uses bold shapes or areas of colour to construct her composition – beautifully capturing an area known intimately to her and where she, no doubt, held many fond childhood memories.

The overall condition is good. Minor paint cracking in areas.

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Auction: Modern & Contemporary Art, Wed, 29th Sep 2021

 

Aspire Art Auctions brings a significant and insightfully compiled selection of top-quality modern and contemporary art to auction in Cape Town. The sale stars exceptional works by many of South Africa’s big signatures, including, William Kentridge, Robert Hodgins, Penny Siopis, Edoardo Villa, Sydney Kumalo and J.H Pierneef, amongst others. Also featured is an exciting collection of contemporary artists from elsewhere in Africa – Patrick Bongoy and Zemba Luzamba from the Congo, Moustapha Baïdi Oumarou from Cameroon and Gerald Chukwuma from Nigeria.

The auction is the first at Aspire’s new premises in De Waterkant. The 132 lot sale will be held over two days with a Modern Session on the 29th September and a Contemporary Session on the 30th September.

 

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