Namibian landscape by Pierneef to be auctioned
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.