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Maurice van Essche

South African 1906-1977 


Maurice van Essche was born in Antwerp, Belgium, and studied at the Brussels Academy of Fine Art under the famed expressionist and symbolist painter, James Ensor. After graduating, the young artist working in a stained glass studio and for a wallpaper manufacturer, before studying briefly with Henri Matisse in France. In July 1939, Van Essche won a scholarship and was commissioned by the Belgian Government to undertake a painting expedition to the Belgian Congo. When Belgium was invaded by Germany during WWII, the artist’s wife and son joined him in the Congo and in 1940 the family moved to Cape Town. Van Essche was prominent in the Cape art community as an active member of the New Group, and as a lecturer at the Michaelis School of Fine Art he influenced a generation of younger artists. He retired in 1962 and lived out his last years in France. The influence of his training and youthful experiences can be seen in his paintings of still life subjects, fishermen, harlequins, and figures in Cape and Congolese landscapes. His style is a combination of rich colour with deft line work and is instantly recognisable.


175 lots offered      74.29% sold      ZAR 17 334 417
 

Including Premium and VAT Results include Buyer's Premium and VAT
Maurice van Essche; Seated Figure
28 Jun 2022
Sold for ZAR 4 690
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Maurice van Essche; Native Woman (Congo)
13 Jun 2022
Sold for ZAR 93 800
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Maurice van Essche; Portrait of a Girl
13 Jun 2022
Sold for ZAR 44 555
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Maurice van Essche; Profile
25 Apr 2022
Sold for ZAR 4 925
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Maurice van Essche; Mother and Child
25 Apr 2022
Sold for ZAR 46 900
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Maurice van Essche; A Man and his Goat in a Landscape
21 Feb 2022
Sold for ZAR 93 800
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Maurice van Essche; Still Life in the Artist's Studio
25 Oct 2021
Sold for ZAR 117 250
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Maurice van Essche; The Shepherd
11 Oct 2021
Unsold
 
Maurice van Essche; Woman with Arms Folded
11 Oct 2021
Unsold
 
Maurice van Essche; Two Congolese Women
23 Aug 2021
Sold for ZAR 3 283
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Maurice van Essche; Three Figures
11 Jul 2021
Sold for ZAR 7 035
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Maurice van Essche; Water Carriers, Poli (Near Rome)
11 Jul 2021
Sold for ZAR 21 105
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT

Results in green indicate post sales.


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