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Alexis Preller

South African 1911-1975 


Pretoria-born artist Alexis Preller studied art in London at the Westminster School of Art and expanded his knowledge of art and art history by reading voraciously and travelling widely in Europe and Africa. He studied Egyptian, ancient Greek, Etruscan, early Renaissance and southern and central African art and culture, in particular, and created an art that was of his own place and time rather than a continuation of either traditional European practice or avant-garde Modernism. He visited Ndebele settlements near Pretoria in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and the ‘Mapogga’ women in their distinctive traditional costume and the colourful geometric wall paintings that decorated the homesteads appear in his work from this time. His work became progressively more abstract in later years, informed by his interest in space travel and discovery, and his focus shifted from the local and the African to encompass the universal.


299 lots offered      84.28% sold      ZAR 223 484 064
 

Including Premium and VAT Results include Buyer's Premium and VAT
Alexis Preller; Abstract with the Family
28 Jun 2022
Sold for ZAR 170 700
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Alexis Preller; Headrest with Crocodile I, sketch
13 Jun 2022
Sold for ZAR 11 725
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Alexis Preller; Headrest with Crocodile II, sketch
13 Jun 2022
Sold for ZAR 5 628
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Alexis Preller; Osheba Funerary Figure, Gabon, and Dogon Doors, Mali, sketches
13 Jun 2022
Sold for ZAR 4 104
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Alexis Preller; Beninese Musician III, sketch
13 Jun 2022
Sold for ZAR 2 932
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Alexis Preller; Beninese Musician I, sketch
13 Jun 2022
Sold for ZAR 2 580
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Alexis Preller; Beninese Musician II, sketch
13 Jun 2022
Sold for ZAR 2 345
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Alexis Preller; Beninese Musician, tiny sketch
13 Jun 2022
Sold for ZAR 1 173
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Alexis Preller; Animal Motifs, sketch
13 Jun 2022
Sold for ZAR 2 932
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Alexis Preller; Design for Dust Jacket of 'African Village' by James Walton, sketch
13 Jun 2022
Unsold
 
Alexis Preller; Basonge Mask, Congo, sketches
13 Jun 2022
Sold for ZAR 1 759
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Alexis Preller; Dogon Masks, Mali, sketches
13 Jun 2022
Sold for ZAR 1 759
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT

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