Important South African & International Art, Jewellery and Decorative Arts

Live Auction, 12 October 2015

Important South African and International Art, Evening Sale

Sold for

ZAR 886 704
Lot 579
  • Robert Hodgins; The Man in the Fairground Booth

Lot Estimate
ZAR 500 000 - 700 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 886 704

About this Item

South African 1920-2010
The Man in the Fairground Booth

signed, dated 2003, inscribed with the title, the artist's name and the medium on the reverse

oil on canvas
90 by 120cm excluding frame


With his signature sense of humour, Robert Hodgins created The Man in the Fairground Booth, a work that is as much about the pleasure of the funfair as it is about the pleasure of art. At the heart of the composition sits a bemused man surrounded by a profusion of bright stripes that are both referential in their suggestion of colourful awnings and yet abstract in their observance of Clement Greenberg’s doctrine of adhering to the flatness of the canvas. Hodgins’ sophisticated understanding of art history enabled him to riff off Post-painterly abstractionists like Barnet Newman and Kenneth Noland while nodding in the direction of contemporary art’s exploration of subjectivity. Being the supreme colourist that he was, his fearless combining of yellows, pinks and baby blues into a sensational composition vibrates with energy and good humour.

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