Sun, 31st Oct 2021 11:00

Art, Life and Love: The Collection of Nwabisa Xayiya (Live Auction)

 
  Lot 26
 
Lot 26 - Gerard Sekoto (South Africa 1913-1993)

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Gerard Sekoto (South Africa 1913-1993)
Woman wearing a headscarf

oil on board

Artwork date: 1962
Signature details: signed and dated bottom right

Sold for R625,900
Estimated at R350,000 - R500,000


Condition Report

The overall condition is good.

The work has paint crackling in areas consistent with age, but otherwise good.

Please note, we are not qualified conservators and these reports give our opinion as to the general condition of the works. We advise that bidders view the lots in person to satisfy themselves with the condition of prospective purchases.

 

oil on board

Artwork date: 1962
Signature details: signed and dated bottom right

(1)

59 x 48 cm; framed size: 85.5 x 74 x 3.5 cm

Provenance:

Everard Read, Johannesburg.

Es’kia Mphahlele collection.

Gifted directly from the artist.

Notes:

Gerard Sekoto was a South African artist and musician with a deep affinity for human subjects – an affinity which is reflected in his sensitive portraits. Portraiture became a defining motif of the artist’s artistic mission and practice and there are a number of wonderful examples in the Nwabisa Xayiya collection.

Woman wearing a headscarf, dated 1962, belongs to Sekoto’s ‘Blue’ period which lasted from around 1960 to as late as 1968, although by that time his interests had started to shift as a result of his extended trip to Senegal in 1966-1967. It follows a series of blue works painted in celebration of Miriam Makeba whose fame was growing and reigniting hope among South Africans reeling from news of the Sharpeville Massacre, especially those in exile like Sekoto. In 1960 Makeba had arrived in New York with the cast of King Kong. She was interviewed by Time magazine and Sekoto was inspired to make a small ballpoint pen drawing of her which he simply titled, Miriam Makeba. This work acted as a precursor to an energetic collection of portraits of men and women – painted in a palette of blues, browns, black and white – and now collectively referred to as The Blue Heads series.

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Auction: Art, Life and Love: The Collection of Nwabisa Xayiya (Live Auction), Sun, 31st Oct 2021

This October, 2021, we are honoured to present Art, Life and Love:  The Collection of Nwabisa Xayiya, a single owner auction showcasing the cultivated taste and style of Nwabisa Xayiya.

The auction offers examples by great modernists as well as exciting contemporary pieces. Notable is a selection of work by George Pemba. There is also a set of impressive urban scenes and portraits by Gerard Sekoto, a rarely seen Alexis Preller, a glorious Robert Hodgins, and varied examples of Dumile Feni’s work. Within the contemporary offering, there are outstanding works by Blessing Ngobeni, Sam Nhlengethwa, William Kentridge, Teresa Firmino, Athi-Patra Ruga, Kudzanai Chiurai, Nelson Makamo, Owusu-Ankomah and Nicholas Hlobo.

Viewing

Lots will be on view at the Xayiya residence: 63 4th Street, Houghton, Johannesburg
Saturday 23 October to Saturday 30 October from 10 am to 6 pm

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