Live Auction, 12 November 2018

Sold for

R 45 520
Lot 164
Le Roux Smith Le Roux; Four Ndebele Women

Lot Estimate
R 40 000 - 60 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
R 45 520

About this Item

South African 1914-1963
Four Ndebele Women
oil on canvas
125,5 by 100cm excluding frame


In 1935, Le Roux Smith Le Roux, a Michaelis art student, was selected alongside Eleanor Esmonde-White to produce a large-scale mural, in pure egg tempera, on the upper floor of South Africa House in London. After training in the technique under William Rothenstein at the Royal College of Art, and making scouting trips to study quattrocento examples, the two completed the so-called Zulu Room, a panoramic, stylised and ambitious interpretation of the tribe’s ceremony, landscape, tradition and mythology. Le Roux’s linear style, with its flat, strong colour combinations – all on show in the present lot – was well-suited to mural decoration, and certainly conjured the work of his more famous contemporary, Diego Riviera.

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