Namib­ian land­scape by Pierneef to be auc­tioned

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IN 1923 artist JH Pierneef trav­elled to Namibia (then South West Africa) for the first time – a trip un­der­taken on the urg­ing of Hans Aschen­born, a Ger­man-Namib­ian artist, whom he had be­friended in Stel­len­bosch.

“Pierneef found the desert, its dry­ness and ‘the pe­cu­liar translu­cent qual­ity of the light’ in­flu­en­tial not only on the work he pro­duced at this time, but also on his later work,” says auc­tion­eer and se­nior paint­ings spe­cial­ist Phillippa Dun­can of Stephan Welz & Co.

“This can be seen in later works where his ma­ture pal­ette echoes the parched land­scape of Namibia, where ob­jects stand in high re­lief against the light.”

Echo­ing the strong com­po­si­tions of Pier neef ’s linocuts pro­duced on this trip and of sim­i­lar sub­ject mat­ter, the paint­ing ti­tled Mier­shope is strong both in com­po­si­tion and pal­ette, she says. “The mas­sive ter­mite hill is em­blem­atic of the Namib­ian land­scape.”

Dun­can says Pierneef “was the mas­ter of omis­sion by par­ing down the land­scape into its most ba­sic and eas­ily iden­ti­fi­able forms”.

Mier­shope car­ries a pre-sale es­ti­mate of R400 000 to R500 000 on the forth­com­ing auc­tion of Dec­o­ra­tive and Fine Arts.

Stephan Welz & Co is invit­ing con­sign­ments for its Oc­to­ber sale.

For fur­ther en­quiries, con­tact 021 794 6461.

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