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Pieter Wenning

South African 1873-1921  Top Artists


Pieter Wenning was born and grew up in the Netherlands and although he showed early talent as an artist and his father was and art dealer and sold artist’s materials, his parents discouraged him from studying art and he went to work for the national railway company instead. And offer of a job at a book dealer in South Africa brought Wenning and his family to Pretoria in 1905. After some years of frugality and careful savings, he was able to import an etching press, and pioneered the medium in this country, while also drawing incessantly and beginning to experiment with painting in oils.

With JH Pierneef and George Smithard, he was a founder member of the Individualists in 1911, a group of like-minded artists who exhibited their work together in Pretoria. Wenning was always dogged by financial problems but with the help of DC Boonzaier and several other friends who provided the funds, he spent three months in the Cape in 1917, and produced enough paintings to mount a private exhibition at which his work was well-received, with almost all being sold. The art market was depressed as a result of WWI, however and Wenning struggled to achieve good prices.

Esmé Berman described how Wenning ‘found himself’ as an artist in the Cape, not only because he was then painting full-time, but also because the gentler climate and “shades of dampened green” familiar from his homeland suited him better than the “elusive ochres of the Highveld”.1 The artist worked relentlessly ‘en plein air’, regardless of the weather and with little concern for his health, but nevertheless, also managed to produce a significant number of still lifes, which Berman considers as equal to, if not more important than, his landscapes. For Wenning, still lifes were essays in “colour form and composition … governed less by the influence of Dutch precedents than by the lessons gained from Oriental art”.2

Wenning died at the age of 47 of tuberculosis, but despite his relatively short career, he produced over 300 paintings in addition to his drawings and etchings. 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, and the Wits Art Museum, among others.

1. Esmé Berman (1983) Art & Artists of South Africa, Cape Town: AA Balkema, page 497.

2. Ibid, page 498.


83 lots offered      67.47% sold      R 21 757 837
 

Including Premium and VAT Results include Buyer's Premium and VAT
Pieter Wenning; Near the Mines
17 Jul 2017
Sold for R 2 577
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Pieter Wenning; Stone Crusher
17 Jul 2017
Sold for R 2 342
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Pieter Wenning; Portrait
17 Jul 2017
Sold for R 9 368
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Pieter Wenning; Landscape with Union Buildings
17 Jul 2017
Sold for R 4 684
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Pieter Wenning; Johannesburg Impressions, 2nd Series
5 Jun 2017
Sold for R 68 208
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Pieter Wenning; Church
5 Jun 2017
Sold for R 31 831
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Pieter Wenning; Aapies River, Pretoria
7 Nov 2016
Sold for R 107 996
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Pieter Wenning; Lourenço Marques
7 Nov 2016
Sold for R 102 312
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Pieter Wenning; Protea Road
7 Nov 2016
Sold for R 113 680
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Pieter Wenning; Oak Avenue, near Newlands House
10 Oct 2016
Sold for R 193 256
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Pieter Wenning; Newlands, Old Houses
10 Oct 2016
Sold for R 250 096
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Pieter Wenning; Ou Huisie, Nuweland
23 May 2016
Unsold
 

Results in green indicate post sales.


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