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About this Item
In the late 1940s, Laubser moved from her family's farm to a house in the Strand that she named ‘Altyd Lig’ (Always Light), where she would live for the rest of her life. After this move, she continued working within the various themes and tropes that she had become well known for such as in the present lot: landscapes with villages, women carrying bundles of sticks, and livestock. However, these works were now mostly constructed from memory as is the case here. Dalene Marais explains this: “Where figures are usually small in the landscapes, birds, trees, cattle, and houses are generally big. It is as if these diminishing figures become a symbol of Maggie’s physical withdrawal from nature in this phase.”1
1. Dalene Marais (1994) Maggie Laubser: her paintings, drawings and graphics. Johannesburg: Perskor, page 55.
Mr PJ Naudé, Durban.
Thence by descent to the current owner.
Dalene Marais (1994) Maggie Laubser: Her Paintings, Drawings and Graphics, Johannesburg and Cape Town: Perskor, illustrated on page 376, catalogue number 1692.