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Jean Welz

South African 1900-1975 


Johann Max Friedrich Welz, known by the French version of his name, Jean, was born in Salzburg, Austria, into a family of gilders and picture framers. He studied architecture at the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna and went to Paris in 1925 to oversee the construction of the Austrian Pavilion at the International Exhibition for Applied Arts. He immersed himself in the flourishing arts and culture scene in Paris and worked on various building projects with prominent Modernist architects such as Le Corbusier, Robert Mallet-Stevens and Adolf Loos. In 1937, Welz, with his wife Inger and firstborn son emigrated to South Africa with a letter of recommendation from Le Corbusier. In Johannesburg he was involved in redesigning and overseeing the rebuilding of the entrance foyer of the Wits University Great Hall after a fire.

Welz’s precarious health forced the family to seek out the dry climate of the Klein Karoo, where they lived in the isolated Tradouw Pass, and then at De Wet outside Worcester. In 1942 Welz was approached to curate the Hugo Naudé Estate after Naudé’s death and he established the Hugo Naudé Art Centre. That year he held successful solo exhibitions in Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Johannesburg and was invited by fellow artist Gregoire Boonzaier to join and exhibit with the New Group.

Welz represented South Africa on the Venice Biennale in 1948 and 1952, and on the São Paulo Biennale in 1957. In the 1960s and 70s paintings by Welz fetched the highest prices of any artist in South Africa. His oeuvre consists of abstracts, still lifes, landscapes, nudes and portraits, often painted in layers of colour glazed or scumbled. Jean Welz was the father of former Managing Director of Strauss & Co, auctioneer Stephan Welz.


192 lots offered      42.19% sold      R 15 084 574
 

Including Premium and VAT Results include Buyer's Premium and VAT
Jean Welz; Hex River with Bathers and the Orange Express
16 May 2022
Sold for R 79 660
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Jean Welz; Bathers and the Bridge
25 Apr 2022
Unsold
 
Jean Welz; Portrait of Edna Retief
25 Apr 2022
Unsold
 
Jean Welz; Seated Woman
25 Apr 2022
Unsold
 
Jean Welz; Seated Nude
5 Apr 2022
Unsold
 
Jean Welz; Still Life: Earthenware and Fruit
5 Apr 2022
Unsold
 
Jean Welz; Lehenita I
14 Mar 2022
Unsold
 
Jean Welz; Portrait of a Seated Figure drinking a Milkshake
28 Nov 2021
Sold for R 5 863
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Jean Welz; Abstract Composition
7 Nov 2021
Unsold
 
Jean Welz; Ice Cream Soda
11 Oct 2021
Unsold
 
Jean Welz; Sleeping Nude
11 Oct 2021
Sold for R 34 140
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Jean Welz; Portrait of a Seated Figure drinking a Milkshake
27 Sep 2021
Unsold
 

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