Wed, 29th Sep 2021 19:00

Modern & Contemporary Art

 
  Lot 32
 
Lot 32 - Robert Hodgins (South Africa 1920-2010)

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Robert Hodgins (South Africa 1920-2010)
Paris and Helen

oil on canvas

Artwork date: 1984
Signature details: signed and dated bottom right; signed, dated and inscribed with the title, "Pink Suite: The Trojan War" and the five part suite's layout on a board mounted to the reverse of the canvas

(Qty: 1)

45.5. x 35.5; framed size: 78.5 x 68 x 6.5 cm

Provenance:

Private collection, Cape Town.

Notes:

Paris and Helen forms part of the Pink Suite: Trojan War. The suite includes five paintings, each depicting different characters from the mythological Trojan War. Paris + Helen is positioned on the extreme right of the five-part suite. The layout of the works is illustrated on the reverse of Menelaus (lot 38).

Helen of Troy was the daughter of Zeus and, in Greek legend, the most beautiful woman in Greece. Her beauty has inspired artists across the ages to represent her, frequently as the personification of ideal human beauty. Images of Helen start appearing in the 7th century BC.

Helen’s suitors – including Odysseus – came from across Greece, and from amongst them she chose Menelaus. During an absence of Menelaus, however, Helen fled to Troy with Paris, son of the Trojan king Priam, an act that ultimately led to the Trojan War. When Paris was slain, Helen married his brother Deiphobus, whom she betrayed to Menelaus once Troy was captured. Menelaus and Helen later returned to Sparta, where they lived happily until their deaths. These legends, so beloved by generations of readers, are movingly captured from the women’s point of view in Pat Barker’s The Women of Troy (2021).

Estimate
R200,000 - R300,000
 

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oil on canvas

Artwork date: 1984
Signature details: signed and dated bottom right; signed, dated and inscribed with the title, "Pink Suite: The Trojan War" and the five part suite's layout on a board mounted to the reverse of the canvas

(Qty: 1)

45.5. x 35.5; framed size: 78.5 x 68 x 6.5 cm

Provenance:

Private collection, Cape Town.

Notes:

Paris and Helen forms part of the Pink Suite: Trojan War. The suite includes five paintings, each depicting different characters from the mythological Trojan War. Paris + Helen is positioned on the extreme right of the five-part suite. The layout of the works is illustrated on the reverse of Menelaus (lot 38).

Helen of Troy was the daughter of Zeus and, in Greek legend, the most beautiful woman in Greece. Her beauty has inspired artists across the ages to represent her, frequently as the personification of ideal human beauty. Images of Helen start appearing in the 7th century BC.

Helen’s suitors – including Odysseus – came from across Greece, and from amongst them she chose Menelaus. During an absence of Menelaus, however, Helen fled to Troy with Paris, son of the Trojan king Priam, an act that ultimately led to the Trojan War. When Paris was slain, Helen married his brother Deiphobus, whom she betrayed to Menelaus once Troy was captured. Menelaus and Helen later returned to Sparta, where they lived happily until their deaths. These legends, so beloved by generations of readers, are movingly captured from the women’s point of view in Pat Barker’s The Women of Troy (2021).

Overall condition is good. The paint is bright and stable, with minor craquelure in some areas.

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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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