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Lot 561
Maggie Laubser; Birds on Water
  • Maggie Laubser; Birds on Water
  • Maggie Laubser; Birds on Water
  • Maggie Laubser; Birds on Water
  • Maggie Laubser; Birds on Water
  • Maggie Laubser; Birds on Water
  • Maggie Laubser; Birds on Water

Lot Estimate
R 250 000 - 350 000
Selling Price
Unsold

About this Item

South African 1886-1973
Birds on Water
signed and dated '53 in pencil
gouache on paper laid down on card
33,5 by 45,5cm excluding frame

Notes

For an article in Trek magazine, artist May Hillhouse wrote of Laubser: “In her portrayal of the South African countryside, Maggie Laubser has drawn upon a deep human understanding to recreate for us her paintings of the ducks, the geese, the peasants surrounding her. It is the essence of the material thing that she offers us, a deep sense of the inner reality which transcends natural appearance. There is a stressing of essential form in the subjects chosen rather than the accidental differences of one being and thing from another. The paintings of ducks and geese are in a sense all ducks and geese ... It is in this regard that Maggie Laubser shows creative and visual force … there is a union of the artist with her motif, harmonising the expression into a concrete unity of subject and feeling.”1

  1. Muller Ballot (2016) Maggie Laubser: A Window on Always Light. Stellenbosch: Sun Press, page 232.

Provenance

Acquired from the artist by the current owner's mother and thence by descent.

Literature

Dalene Marais (1994) Maggie Laubser: Her Paintings, Drawings and Graphics. Johannesburg and Cape Town: Perskor, illustrated on page 355, catalogue number 1562.


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