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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.


208 lots offered      70.67% sold      ZAR 18 476 462
 

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Maurice van Essche; Woman with Arms Folded
19 Sep 2023
Sold for ZAR 140 700
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Maurice van Essche; Nudes on the River Bank
18 Sep 2023
Sold for ZAR 41 038
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Maurice van Essche; African Women and Child
14 Aug 2023
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Maurice van Essche; Portrait of a Boy
10 Jul 2023
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Maurice van Essche; Still Life with Coffee Pot, Fish and Bowl
28 Mar 2023
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Maurice van Essche; Seated Woman
28 Mar 2023
Sold for ZAR 128 975
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Maurice van Essche; A Seated Malay Woman
13 Mar 2023
Sold for ZAR 35 175
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Maurice van Essche; Standing and Seated Congo Women
8 Dec 2022
Sold for ZAR 19 933
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Maurice van Essche; A Seated Woman
8 Dec 2022
Sold for ZAR 136 560
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Maurice van Essche; Self Portrait as a Clown
28 Nov 2022
Sold for ZAR 23 450
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Maurice van Essche; Stillewe me Vrugte (Still Life with Fruit)
22 Nov 2022
Sold for ZAR 36 416
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Maurice van Essche; Kongo Man en Drie Vroue (Congolese Man and Three Women)
22 Nov 2022
Sold for ZAR 193 460
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT

Results in green indicate post sales.