Wed, 29th Sep 2021 19:00

Modern & Contemporary Art

 
  Lot 22
 
Lot 22 - Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef (South Africa 1886-1957)

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Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef (South Africa 1886-1957)
Extensive landscape, near Golden Gate

oil on board

Artwork date: 1955
Signature details: signed and dated bottom left

(Qty: 1)

44 x 59 cm; framed size: 67 x 82 x 5 cm

Provenance:

Private collection, Johannesburg.

Notes:

Despite a busy lecturing schedule, J.H. Pierneef kept up his daunting exhibition programme throughout South Africa during the 1940s and 1950s. His career as an art educator, artist and painter of the South African landscape was widely acknowledged with many impressive highlights to his name such as two honorary doctorates from the universities of Natal and Pretoria, as well as more commissions at national level, amongst others.

The 1940s, with Pierneef in his middle-age and well established, proved to be the artist’s most creative and prolific decade. In 1948 a major exhibition titled the Overseas Exhibition of South African Painting and Sculpture, comprising 149 artworks, was showcased at the Tate Gallery in London, where six of the artist’s works were exhibited to public acclaim. This exhibition later travelled to the Netherlands in 1949.

By the end of the decade, owing to his declining health, Pierneef was gradually scaling down, withdrawing from the public arena and making more time to travel the country together with his wife and with close friends. With his ever resourceful eye, Pierneef continued to pursue the challenges and versatility of portraying the South African veld, which remained his major creative inspiration throughout a long career. He was no longer young, and during this last decade of his life many galleries all over the country were either planning or curating major retrospective exhibitions of the grand master’s work.

In this splendid vignette of the Golden Gate region with its wind-eroded sandstone outcrops, Pierneef demonstrates his preference once again for the milder landscape colours, interspersed with vivid green stretches of vegetation on the higher slopes of the sandstone ridges. The unique characteristics of the eastern Free State are captured in an almost streamlined manner, as if the artist’s concern is more focussed here on the swathes of light soaking up the warm and familiar tonality of this wintery scene.

Eunice Basson

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R800,000 - R1,200,000
 

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oil on board

Artwork date: 1955
Signature details: signed and dated bottom left

(Qty: 1)

44 x 59 cm; framed size: 67 x 82 x 5 cm

Provenance:

Private collection, Johannesburg.

Notes:

Despite a busy lecturing schedule, J.H. Pierneef kept up his daunting exhibition programme throughout South Africa during the 1940s and 1950s. His career as an art educator, artist and painter of the South African landscape was widely acknowledged with many impressive highlights to his name such as two honorary doctorates from the universities of Natal and Pretoria, as well as more commissions at national level, amongst others.

The 1940s, with Pierneef in his middle-age and well established, proved to be the artist’s most creative and prolific decade. In 1948 a major exhibition titled the Overseas Exhibition of South African Painting and Sculpture, comprising 149 artworks, was showcased at the Tate Gallery in London, where six of the artist’s works were exhibited to public acclaim. This exhibition later travelled to the Netherlands in 1949.

By the end of the decade, owing to his declining health, Pierneef was gradually scaling down, withdrawing from the public arena and making more time to travel the country together with his wife and with close friends. With his ever resourceful eye, Pierneef continued to pursue the challenges and versatility of portraying the South African veld, which remained his major creative inspiration throughout a long career. He was no longer young, and during this last decade of his life many galleries all over the country were either planning or curating major retrospective exhibitions of the grand master’s work.

In this splendid vignette of the Golden Gate region with its wind-eroded sandstone outcrops, Pierneef demonstrates his preference once again for the milder landscape colours, interspersed with vivid green stretches of vegetation on the higher slopes of the sandstone ridges. The unique characteristics of the eastern Free State are captured in an almost streamlined manner, as if the artist’s concern is more focussed here on the swathes of light soaking up the warm and familiar tonality of this wintery scene.

Eunice Basson

The overall condition is good. Minor surface dirt throughout. The colours are vibrant and stable.

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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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