Live Auction, 12 November 2018

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Lot 268
Edoardo Villa; Thrust II

Lot Estimate
R 1 500 000 - 2 000 000
Selling Price

About this Item

South African 1915-2011
Thrust II
signed and dated 1983
painted steel
height: 250cm including base; length: 440cm


In the mid-1980s, Edoardo Villa evolved the relationship between pipes and metal sheets into some of the most open, large-scale, space-related works he ever made.

In this outstanding series of works titled, Thrust (also sometimes referred to as War Machines) the human element of his earlier works, Prisoners and Cages is replaced by expansive compositions dominated by thick pipes that mimic the aggression of tanks, cannons and rocket launchers – the tools of war. These impressive but threatening works are intended to alert the viewer to the misplaced ingenuity in the making and use of sophisticated weapons of war.


Karel Nel, Elizabeth Burroughs and Amalie von Maltitz (eds) (2005). Villa at 90, Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball with Shelf Publishing, illustrated in colour on pages 88 and 89.


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