Ending 4th Jul, 2023 19:13

20th/21st Century Classics

  Lot 28
Lot 28 - Alice Goldin (South Africa 1922-2016)


Alice Goldin (South Africa 1922-2016)

acrylic on canvas

Artwork date: 1970
Signature details: signed and dated bottom right
Literature: Strydom, M. (2021). 'Nog Stories Teen My Muur'. George: Matthys Strydom, illustrated in colour on p.168.
Location: Cape Town

Estimated at R4,000 - R6,000


acrylic on canvas

Artwork date: 1970
Signature details: signed and dated bottom right
Literature: Strydom, M. (2021). 'Nog Stories Teen My Muur'. George: Matthys Strydom, illustrated in colour on p.168.
Location: Cape Town


50.5 x 75.5 cm; framed size: 53.5 x 79.5 x 4 cm


The Dr Matthys Strydom Family collection.


Dr Matthys Strydom, the passionate art collector and director of the Strydom Gallery in George, South Africa, left a remarkable legacy in the South African art world. For over 30 years, he curated annual exhibitions, showcasing exceptional South African artworks. In addition to his role as a gallery director, Strydom authored two influential books: Stories Teen My Muur (2016) and Nog Stories Teen My Muur (2021). These books provided his personal interpretations and understanding of the unique pieces in his private art collection, further enriching our appreciation for his expertise. While Strydom remained humble about his qualifications as an art analyst, his writings and curation enhanced our admiration for both his deep knowledge and the remarkable collection of South African art he amassed.

Strydom's journey began when he left his medical career to take over his father's furniture business. A pivotal moment came when he attended an art auction and fell in love with a painting, sparking his lifelong passion for collecting. He established connections with renowned artists like Gregoire Boonzaier, leading to enduring relationships and annual exhibitions in his gallery.

The Strydom Gallery evolved from a furniture store into a warm and welcoming space curated by Matthys and his architect wife, Helene. Their focus was not profit, but rather the exploration of art, artist interactions, and sharing knowledge with visitors. Matthys spent extensive time traveling, visiting artists' studios, and befriending over 160 artists.

Overall, Strydom's passion for South African art, his role as a collector and gallery director, and his commitment to promoting artistic knowledge made him a significant figure in the art community. His private collection included major works in oil and also an extensive selection of works on paper and prints and editions giving a broad overview and insight into the scope of each artist’s skill and artistic practice.


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Auction: 20th/21st Century Classics, ending 4th Jul, 2023


Aspire Art brings a new sale of established South African masters to market. Traditional favourites include artists J.H Pierneef, Adriaan Boshoff, Maud Sumner and Anton Van Wouw, while the sale boasts well-loved modern artists such as Walter Battiss, Christo Coetzee, Peter Clarke, Dumile Feni and Cecil Skotnes. A notable selection of South African abstract art also highlights artists Lionel Abrams, Kenneth Bakker, George Boys, Fred Schimmel and Larry Scully amongst others.

Of particular interest is the inclusion of works from the collections of two important patrons of South African art, the late Desmond Fisher and Dr Matthys Strydom. A special selection of small and intimate drawings by Dumile Feni purchased directly from the artist by Fisher highlights Feni’s exceptional skill in his drawings which were central to his artistic practice. Also on offer is a  selection of artworks including editioned works by Gregoire Boonzaier, Francois Krige, Alexander Podlashuc and Cecil Skotnes from the collection Dr Strydom – a passionate art collector and director of the Strydom Gallery in George.

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