Important South African & International Art, Decorative Arts & Jewellery

Live Auction, 10 October 2016

South African & International Art

Sold for

ZAR 30 694
Lot 436
  • May Hillhouse; Spring Orchard


Lot Estimate
ZAR 30 000 - 50 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 30 694

About this Item

South African 1908-1989
Spring Orchard

signed; inscribed with the title in pencil in another hand on the stretcher

oil on canvas
36 by 27,5cm excluding frame

Notes

"...Spring Orchard is built on stronger contrasts, as between the deep pink of the trees in blossom and the green-yellow of the man's shirt. The earth, still red-brown after the winter, like the roof of the cottage, forms a massive, solid base, and the bleak sky with some streaks of parting clouds is the only background. The rather wild lines of the trees and the action of the human figure in contrast with the spring colours seem to speak of toil, of an endeavour to start life afresh. This definitely is a human emotion, the emotion of the artist on a certain day, full of promise, but still wind-swept...."

Literature

AC Bouman. (nd) Painters of South Africa, Cape Town, Amsterdam, Pretoria: HAUM h/a JH de Bussy. Page 89, illustrated on page 90.

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