Live Auction, 11 November 2019

Sold for

R 17 070
Lot 73
Walter Battiss; Notre Dame; From Pont d'Austerlitz, Paris, two

Lot Estimate
R 25 000 - 35 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
R 17 070

About this Item

South African 1906-1982
Notre Dame; From Pont d'Austerlitz, Paris, two
each signed with the artist's initials, dated in French (14 Juillet '49 and 6 Juillet '49) and inscribed with the title in pencil in the margin
pencil on paper
34 by 25,5cm; 25,5 by 34cm


Walter Battiss’s first trip overseas in 1949 was a personal quest to meet his favourite artist, Pablo Picasso, in Paris, a dream that became reality when Picasso’s agent, Henry Kahnweiler introduced him to the famous Spanish artist. While waiting for Kahnweiler to arrange the meeting, Battiss roamed the streets of Paris, making sketches of the well-known landmarks of the city. Battiss gave Picasso a copy of his book, The Artists of the Rocks (1948), and Picasso reciprocated with a lithograph of a bull. Picasso evidently asked him: ‘Tell me now, Battiss, am I as good as your Bushman artists?’1

1. Murray Schoonraad (1976) Walter Battiss, Cape Town: Struik, page 16.


Acquired by the current owner from the artist's estate.

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