Preller 201

Preller setzt sich bei der Juni-Auktion von Strauss & Co durch

277 lots of Important South African and International art are set to go under the hammer at Strauss & Co’s Johannesburg auction on 30 June 2014.

Preller 201

Lot 201. Alexis Preller, Seychellenstillleben, oil on canvas laid down on board, 49 cm x 59.5 cm. Signed and dated ’49. R2 600 000 – 3 200 000.

Alexis Preller stiehlt die Show mit zehn Werken, darunter zwei unvollendete Beispiele. An erster Stelle steht Seychellenstillleben (Estimate R2 600 000 – 3 200 000) executed in 1949 during the artist’s sojourn in the Seychelles. This outstanding masterpiecerepresents a jubilant and positive period in his life as conveyed by his use of vibrant colours, with abundant fruit and vegetation forming the focal point of the composition. In a letter to his sister he writes: “It has been wonderful Min, and I am very grateful for it. It has taken me so far from all the storms of the last years, and is exactly what I was seeking to mark the break.” Referred to as “South Africa’s Gauguin” by a critic who had seen his work on a 1937 group exhibition in Johannesburg, Preller sought an art “rooted in the African soil” drawing inspiration from the Ndebele (Mapogga) people, who lived in the Pretoria vicinity where he spent most of his life. Ndebele Village (Estimate R2 000 000 – 3 000 000) embraces his fascination with Ndebele architecture and its archetypal decorative motifs which recall a legendary past, whilst Grand Mapogga (Estimate R500 000 – 800 000) embraces the artist’s “romantic personal interpretation” of the tribe.

Ein entzückendes frühes Stillleben, das sich durch seinen lockeren Stil auszeichnet und durch Details von Japonisme ergänzt wird. Stillleben mit Kuhpetersilie und orientalischen Figuren, by Frans Oerder (Estimate R R200 000 – 300 000) is amongst the highlights. Esmé Berman describes Oerder’s work as delighting “in all aspects of the visual experience – the play of light and shade; the many subtle variations of a single colour; the texture of copper and the sheen of sun upon the landscape”.

Possibly one of Gerard Sekoto’s earliest oil paintings, Nachdenkliche junge Frau (Estimate R1 000 000 – 1 500 000) portrays an honest depiction of a young woman seated in a dark environment, in a township without lights or electricity. This work offers convincing insights into the oppressive conditions under which black South African artists were producing art at the time and excludes any romanticised depiction of colloquial township life. Purchased in the early 1940s by the current owner, it has remained in the family ever since.

Eine beeindruckende Arbeit von JH Pierneef, Lowveld im Sommer (Estimate R900 000 – 1 200 000 has, as its focal point in the foreground, a large Acacia tree which was fundamental in Pierneef’s oeuvre. He was known to spend hours working in isolation deep in the veld where he produced hundreds of sketches of landscape and flora, famously propounding that “…art has to be born of your own surroundings and your own soil”.

Two highlights by South Africa’s premier artist, Irma Stern include Stillleben mit roten Lilien und Aubergine (Estimate R3 500 000 – 5 000 000) and Mutter und Kind (Estimate R1 500 000 – 2 000 000).

Walter Battiss erklärte: „Mein Glaube ist, dass Sie durch Sex in einen spirituellen Zustand eintreten. Haben Sie nicht das Gefühl, dass Sie sich beim Liebesspiel in eine Situation des kosmischen Bewusstseins begeben? Du bist kein Mensch mehr. Das ist Satori [Erleuchtung]. Und deshalb zeichne ich erotische Bilder. Ich befreie viele Menschen auf diese Weise. Ich könnte immer noch dafür ins Gefängnis gesteckt werden. “ Medley Nr. 1 (Estimate R500 000 – 800 000) a feast of innocent and playful indulgence, represents for Battiss icons of a liberated ideal of freedom and emancipation, a concept particularly pertinent in a repressive 1970s South Africa.

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Stanley Faraday Pinker, Camping im Kouebokkeveld, oil and sand on canvas, in the artist’s handmade frame, 106 cm x 161.5 cm, including frame, signed. R2 000 000 – 3 000 000

Stanley Pinkers Camping im Kouebokkeveld (Estimate R2 000 000 – 3 000 000) is an extraordinary painting that celebrates the ancient and modern artists who have drawn their inspiration from this area. It was painted in the same year and as a companion piece to Treffen in den Bergen des Mondes (untergebracht im Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch), mit dem Pinker 1985 den ersten Preis und die Goldmedaille bei der Kapstadt-Triennale gewann. Basierend auf einem echten Ereignis beim Campen in Namibia mit einer Gruppe von Freunden, Es dokumentiert eine tatsächliche Expedition in das Berggebiet des Westkap um Prinz Alfred Hamlet, ein beliebtes Ziel einer Gruppe von Künstlern, darunter Erik Laubscher und seine Frau Claude Bouscharain. Stephan Welz, MD von Strauss and Co und Doyen der südafrikanischen Kunst, sagt: „Ich kenne dieses bemerkenswerte Gemälde ohne Papiere seit vielen Jahren und freue mich, es auf unserer Auktion in Johannesburg anbieten zu können. Es ist genau die Art von Arbeit, auf die wir stolz sind: von höchster Qualität, frisch auf dem Markt und eine Schlüsselarbeit für den ernsthaften Kunstsammler. “

Kentridge 268

Lot 268. William Joseph Kentridge, Zeno-Landschaft II, conté and charcoal on paper, 80.5 cm x 121 cm, signed. R750 000 – 1 000 000.

Key contemporary artworks include Robert Hodgins, William Kentridge and Penny Siopis. Hodgins’ love of the arts and his knowledge of diverse cultural forms enabled him to draw on a range of characters and plots to delight both his viewers’ intellect and senses. In Don Giovanni in der Hölle (Estimate R650 000 – 900 000), which constitutes a reflection on contemporary power, Hodgins seems to question whether punishment is likely. Künstlermodelle (estimate R300 000 – 400 000 ) is a striking example of his distinctive ability to capture individual personalities through an abstract and imprecise vernacular. Keen interest is focused on William Kentridge’s Zeno-Landschaft II (Estimate R750 000 – 1 000 000). William Kentridge is globally acclaimed as one of today’s leading contemporary artists. While he works across an astonishing array of practices including performance, theatre, film, opera, and printmaking, it is his mastery of the medium of charcoal that has inspired a widespread re-evaluation of this ancient medium. Following the record-breaking R1 591 520 achieved for a Penny Siopis at Strauss & Co last year, two brilliant paintings by the artist are featured in this sale. These include an early work, Kuchen: Verjüngt sich (Estimate R200 000 – 300 000), from her highly sought-after ‘cake’ paintings, and an example of her baroque banquet paintings executed in 1987, TDer Ballsaal (Estimate R80 000 – 120 000).

Gemälde des britischen Künstlers Ivon Hitchens erfreuen sich in den Londoner Salerooms, Galerien und Kunstmessen weiterhin großer Bedeutung. Langes Boot (Estimate R500 000 – 700 000) executed in 1967, with its glorious flourishes of colour, should attract considerable interest. 

Veranstaltungsdetails:  Auction in Johannesburg – Monday 30 June 2014. 

The Wanderer’s Club Ballroom, 21 North Street, Illovo

Vorschau: Donnerstag, 26. bis Sonntag, 29. Juni, 10 bis 5 Uhr

Rundgang: Sonntag, 29. Juni um 11 Uhr

Enquiries & Catalogues: 011 728 8246 | 079 367 0637 |jhb@straussart.co.za

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