South African and International Art

Drawings, Watercolours, Paintings, Prints and Sculpture

Johannesburg  |  4:00pm Mon 12 Nov 2012


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Ephraim Ngatane; The End of Civilization
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Lot 179

South African 1938-1971
The End of Civilization
signed and dated '69
oil on board
59.5 by 90cm excluding frame

This lot did not sell

Estimate R 120 000 - 160 000

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Ephraim Ngantane's interest in the ambiguities of abstraction set him apart from the descriptive style of other township artists.1 InThe End of Civilization he fragments the forms of the subjects to the point where they disintegrate into an unstructured  patchwork of colour further emphasised by his palette knife application of paint. This treatment is integral to the overall energy of the painting as it captures the movement of the protagonists of the composition.

1 Stevenson, Michael, South African Art 1850 - Now, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town, 2004, page 13.

Acquired directly from the artist by the current owner.

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