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Hugo Naudé

South African 1869-1941 


Hugo Naudé can be regarded as a quintessential South African impressionist and although he planned to specialise in portraiture after his academic training at the Slade School of Art in London in 1891, followed by the Kunstakademie in Munich. He achieved much more success with his plein air landscapes, often completed in a single sitting and retaining a characteristic sense of spontaneity.

Esmé Berman describes how his work developed from a more academic style in his portraits, where “tone was all important, brushstrokes were masked and plastic volumes smoothly modelled by means of gentle transitions from light to dark”, to a looser style with more individualised brushwork, freer composition, sun-drenched colour and a focus on “the natural abundance of the verdant countryside around him”.1 Some of his most popular paintings are of Namaqualand in spring, when the brilliantly coloured wildflowers carpet the landscape in vivid yellows and oranges. Although he travelled extensively in Southern Africa on painting expeditions, he lived in Worcester in the Western Cape for almost all his life, and his house and garden became a community art centre after his death.

His work is included in the collections of the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town, the Pretoria Art Museum, the Johannesburg Art Gallery, the William Humphreys Gallery in Kimberley, the Albany Museum in Grahamstown, and the Durban Art Gallery among others.

1. Esmé Berman (1983) Art & Artists of South Africa, Cape Town: AA Balkema, page 304.

330 lots offered      77.58% sold      ZAR 37 077 241
 

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Hugo Naudé; Figure by a Farmhouse
20 Mar 2024
Current bid ZAR 2 500
 
Hugo Naudé; Malay Quarter
19 Mar 2024
Starting at ZAR 160 000
 
Hugo Naudé; Onrusrivier
19 Mar 2024
Starting at ZAR 90 000
 
Hugo Naudé; A Figure Walking in Sand Dunes
19 Mar 2024
Starting at ZAR 60 000
 
Hugo Naudé; Hex River Mountains
11 Mar 2024
Starting at ZAR 40 000
 
Hugo Naudé; Hex River Valley
11 Mar 2024
Starting at ZAR 60 000
 
Hugo Naudé; Lake in Mountain Landscape
12 Feb 2024
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Hugo Naudé; Extensive Landscape with Mountains
15 Jan 2024
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Hugo Naudé; Mountain Landscape
27 Nov 2023
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Hugo Naudé; Mountain Landscape
7 Nov 2023
Sold for ZAR 175 875
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Hugo Naudé; Namakwaland
7 Nov 2023
Sold for ZAR 234 500
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Hugo Naudé; Extensive Landscape with Mountains
9 Oct 2023
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