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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
 

Including Premium and VAT Results include Buyer's Premium and VAT
Maurice van Essche; Figures in Forest
3 Nov 2022
Unsold
Maurice van Essche; Christ With A Bulrush
3 Oct 2022
Unsold
Maurice van Essche; In Basutholand
3 Oct 2022
Sold for ZAR 76 213
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Maurice van Essche; Fishermen, Woman and Boat
3 Oct 2022
Sold for ZAR 82 075
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Maurice van Essche; Two Figures in an Arid Landscape
21 Sep 2022
Unsold
Maurice van Essche; Fisher Folk on the Beach
21 Sep 2022
Sold for ZAR 136 560
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Maurice van Essche; Nudes on the Riverbank
25 Jul 2022
Unsold
Maurice van Essche; Head of a Clown
25 Jul 2022
Sold for ZAR 6 449
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Maurice van Essche; Portrait of a Woman
25 Jul 2022
Sold for ZAR 17 588
Incl. Buyer's Premium & 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

Results in green indicate post sales.