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About this Item
In her later life, Laubser revisited the many motifs with which her oeuvre had become synonymous. Both the sea and birds held a special place in her heart, as she was intrigued and energised by their freedom of movement.1 During her last decade, many of Laubser’s birds were an oversized focal point, becoming stylised and dominating the picture plane “while texture and descriptive colours appear in the background.”2 In the present lot, against a backdrop of mountains and billowing clouds, the bird wades in the surf where the reflections of the sailboats dance on placid water.
- Muller Ballot (2016) Maggie Laubser: A Window on Always Light. Stellenbosch: Sun Press, page 266.
- Dalene Marais (1994) Maggie Laubser: Her Paintings, Drawings and Graphics, Johannesburg and Cape Town: Perskor, page 56.
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 362, catalogue number 1606.