Artists

From Albert Adams to Portia Zvavahera, Strauss & Co maintains a detailed database of every artist sold at auction since 2009. Whether it is painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, ceramics or new media, this searchable database lists by artist every lot offered and provides aggregated data useful to seasoned collectors. Important blue-chip artists like William Kentridge, JH Pierneef, Alexis Preller and Irma Stern are introduced with helpful biographies.


Alexis Preller

South African 1911-1975  Top Artists


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.


234 lots offered      85.47% sold      R 194 884 083
 

Including Premium and VAT Results include Buyer's Premium and VAT
Alexis Preller; Shell
23 Aug 2021
Sold for R 64 488
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Alexis Preller; Study of a Nude
23 Aug 2021
Sold for R 41 038
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Alexis Preller; Herdboy (Boy with a Flute)
10 Aug 2021
Sold for R 2 731 200
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Alexis Preller; Self Portrait
11 Jul 2021
Sold for R 25 036
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Alexis Preller; Urn Head
11 Jul 2021
Sold for R 11 725
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Alexis Preller; Angel Icon from the Magic Land
17 May 2021
Sold for R 159 320
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Alexis Preller; Grand Mapogga II
17 May 2021
Sold for R 5 462 400
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Alexis Preller; Mapogga Terrace
17 May 2021
Sold for R 4 324 400
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Alexis Preller; Cone Shell
11 Apr 2021
Sold for R 250 360
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Alexis Preller; Constellation
11 Apr 2021
Sold for R 739 700
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Alexis Preller; The Blue Fish
11 Apr 2021
Sold for R 250 360
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Alexis Preller; Abstract Janus
11 Apr 2021
Sold for R 682 800
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT

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