14th Sep, 2022 18:00

20th Century & Contemporary Art

  Lot 21
Lot 21 - Claudette Schreuders (South Africa 1973-)


Claudette Schreuders (South Africa 1973-)
Melancholy Boy

colour pencil on Schutzmarke Schoellershammer paper

Artwork date: 2003
Signature details: signed, dated and inscribed with the title along the bottom edge


colour pencil on Schutzmarke Schoellershammer paper

Artwork date: 2003
Signature details: signed, dated and inscribed with the title along the bottom edge


47 x 36 cm; framed size: 61 x 50 x 2 cm


Private collection, Cape Town.

Aspire Art Auctions, Historic, Modern and Contemporary Art, 31 October 2016, lot 71.


Each of Claudette Schreuders’ major bodies of works encapsulates a phase in the artist’s own life.

Melancholy Boy is a drawing of a Jacaranda wood sculpture produced in 2000 as part of the Burnt by the Sun series, exhibited at the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York in 2001. Rory Bester notes that when Schreuders was making sculptures for the series she ‘was acutely aware of the ambivalence of many white South Africans about not belonging and not wanting to be in South Africa. This series was inspired largely by her experience during a residency in Kenya – and more especially her pale skin’s reaction to the sun, as well as her fellow artist’s reaction to sunburn. Its various works collectively mediate on fragile identities….Melancholy Boy, a redheaded boy in Y-fronts, has a Swahili inscription just above his waistline. The boy points the reader to the wisdom of belonging translated onto his body: The one who wants you to leave will not tell you so.[1]

In 2005 Schreuders also documented the Burnt by the Sun sculptures in a series of lithographs.

[1] Bester, R, Hirsch, F & Krog, A. (2011). Claudette Schreuders. Johannesburg: Jacana Media (Pty) Ltd. p.19.


The artist is represented in numerous international collections, notably the Metropolitan Museum New York Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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Auction: 20th Century & Contemporary Art, 14th Sep, 2022


Aspire Art will impress collectors with this focused, boutique-style auction. Including 81 carefully selected lots the sale boasts impressive examples by many of South Africa’s most celebrated artists. A fine selection of William Kentridge works, including two original drawings, Eduardo Villa sculptures, painting by Robert Hodgins and Walter Battiss and a wonderful early Penny Siopis drawing are on offer.

Also featured are two special sections – Black Modernism and Photography. Aspire has firmly cemented itself as a champion of both these collecting segments and collectors will be spoilt for choice with a rare drawing by Dumile Feni as well as works by other modernists including Gerard Sekoto, George Pemba and Lucas Sithole and photographs by David Goldblatt, Mohau Modisakeng and Simphiwe Ndzube amongst others.


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