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Breyten Breytenbach

South African 1939- 

Breyten Breytenbach is an internationally celebrated artist, writer, poet and anti-apartheid activist. He studied at the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town and was a founder member of ‘Die Sestigers’, the influential group of Afrikaans writers and intellectuals who opposed and challenged the dominant political, social, and cultural mores of the Apardheid regime. He went into self-imposed exile in Paris in the 1960s and was not allowed to return to South Africa after marrying Yolande Ngo Thi Hoang Lien, a French woman of Vietnamese ancestry, since that was regarded as a transgression of the Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act of 1949. He visited South Africa clandestinely in 1975 and was arrested and sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment for high treason.

Breytenbach’s paintings and prints have been exhibited locally and internationally in Paris, Amsterdam, New York Stockholm and Hong Kong, and his poetry, novels and essays have been published in Afrikaans, English, French, Dutch and German. He is now a French citizen and resides in Paris, but travels extensively internationally as a visiting professor, writer and teacher.

19 lots offered      89.47% sold      ZAR 729 730

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Breyten Breytenbach; From the Heart's Song
5 Mar 2018
Sold for ZAR 102 312
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Breyten Breytenbach; Die Hen
13 Nov 2017
Sold for ZAR 147 784
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Breyten Breytenbach; S.A. Angel
27 Jul 2015
Sold for ZAR 7 261
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Breyten Breytenbach; Suddenly, I'm not half the man I used to be - there's a shadow hanging over me
1 Jun 2015
Sold for ZAR 31 831
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Breyten Breytenbach; Meme les Mouches Sont Contents (Even the Flies are Happy)
30 Jul 2014
Sold for ZAR 2 342
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Breyten Breytenbach; A Chinese Gentlemen in the Trees
15 Nov 2013
Sold for ZAR 11 769
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Breyten Breytenbach; Night Tree
8 Oct 2012
Sold for ZAR 72 410
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