Wed, 29th Sep 2021 19:00

Modern & Contemporary Art

 
  Lot 24
 
Lot 24 - Erik Laubscher (South Africa 1927-2013)

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Erik Laubscher (South Africa 1927-2013)
Sunset over the Overberg

oil on board

Artwork date: 1977
Signature details: signed and dated bottom left; inscribed with the title on the reverse

(Qty: 1)

75 x 90.5; framed size: 87.5 x 103 x 4 cm

Provenance:

Private collection, Cape Town.

Notes:

His work is transitional.
He bridges the gap between the old masters like Pierneef and Welz and the
avant-garde youngsters, and he does this magnificently.
Prof A.L Meiring (1977)1


Erik Laubscher’s fresh and unique approach to depicting the Western Cape countryside throughout his long and prolific career has become the artist’s most significant contribution to South African art. His ground-breaking abstract, hard-edge and later expressive landscapes have a timeless appeal and continue to impress art audiences and collectors.


Following a trip to Europe in late 1977, Laubscher started working on a new body of work for his exhibition scheduled to open in September the following year at the Association of Arts in Cape Town. This exhibition of landscape paintings would be remembered as one of Laubscher’s most successful shows and awarded the artist much public and critical acclaim with works being acquired for the South African National Gallery and the Sanlam Art Collection. The works produced in the lead up to this exhibition, like Sunset over the Overberg, shows Laubscher’s artistic confidence and understanding of abstraction and non-figuration.

In this magnificent scene of dusk setting in over the Overberg region (a place much loved by the artist), the natural shapes and patterns of the vast landscape are abstracted and formalised to present a visually monumental composition – the vast and impressive view of the landscape stretching towards the Babilonstoring Mountains in the background. Laubscher uses dark and warm colours for dramatic effect, while softening the scene with cool hues for the windy clouds which add a dash of realism.


[1] Fransen, H. (2009). Erik Laubscher: A Life in Art. Stellenbosch: SMAC Art Gallery.

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oil on board

Artwork date: 1977
Signature details: signed and dated bottom left; inscribed with the title on the reverse

(Qty: 1)

75 x 90.5; framed size: 87.5 x 103 x 4 cm

Provenance:

Private collection, Cape Town.

Notes:

His work is transitional.
He bridges the gap between the old masters like Pierneef and Welz and the
avant-garde youngsters, and he does this magnificently.
Prof A.L Meiring (1977)1


Erik Laubscher’s fresh and unique approach to depicting the Western Cape countryside throughout his long and prolific career has become the artist’s most significant contribution to South African art. His ground-breaking abstract, hard-edge and later expressive landscapes have a timeless appeal and continue to impress art audiences and collectors.


Following a trip to Europe in late 1977, Laubscher started working on a new body of work for his exhibition scheduled to open in September the following year at the Association of Arts in Cape Town. This exhibition of landscape paintings would be remembered as one of Laubscher’s most successful shows and awarded the artist much public and critical acclaim with works being acquired for the South African National Gallery and the Sanlam Art Collection. The works produced in the lead up to this exhibition, like Sunset over the Overberg, shows Laubscher’s artistic confidence and understanding of abstraction and non-figuration.

In this magnificent scene of dusk setting in over the Overberg region (a place much loved by the artist), the natural shapes and patterns of the vast landscape are abstracted and formalised to present a visually monumental composition – the vast and impressive view of the landscape stretching towards the Babilonstoring Mountains in the background. Laubscher uses dark and warm colours for dramatic effect, while softening the scene with cool hues for the windy clouds which add a dash of realism.


[1] Fransen, H. (2009). Erik Laubscher: A Life in Art. Stellenbosch: SMAC Art Gallery.

The condition is excellent and the paint is bright and stable. The frame has scuff marks along the lower edges and on all four corners.

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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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