Modern and Contemporary Art

Timed Online Auction, 6 - 13 March 2023

Art Club
About the Session
Strauss & Co is pleased to announce the launch of Art Club, a monthly live event that will alternate between our Johannesburg and Cape Town salerooms. Strauss & Co’s Art Club will be held on the first Tuesday of every month, coinciding with a monthly online auction. It provides the public with an opportunity to learn with the company’s specialists and forms part of Strauss & Co’s commitment to further education and in-person hospitality.
Join Strauss & Co art specialists for a glimpse of the March online auction highlights, followed by a relaxed session of Life Drawing with Strauss & Co artists Ian Hunter and Kirstie Pietersen to embrace the importance of drawing.
Venue: 2nd Floor, Brickfield Canvas, 35 Brickfield Road, Woodstock, Cape Town

  • Peter Clarke; Landskap met Kleinhuisie, Teslaarsdal (sic)
  • Peter Clarke; Landskap met Kleinhuisie, Teslaarsdal (sic)
  • Peter Clarke; Landskap met Kleinhuisie, Teslaarsdal (sic)
  • Peter Clarke; Landskap met Kleinhuisie, Teslaarsdal (sic)
  • Peter Clarke; Landskap met Kleinhuisie, Teslaarsdal (sic)

Lot Estimate
ZAR 100 000 - 150 000

About this Item

South African 1929-2014
Landskap met Kleinhuisie, Teslaarsdal (sic)

signed and dated 24.7.1964; inscribed with the title on a label on the reverse

oil on canvas laid down on board
16 by 19,5cm excluding frame; 18 by 22 by 2,5cm including frame


Mr Himan Bernadt, a prominent attorney who protected Nelson Mandela from the vicious prison regime on Robben Island, supported young and upcoming artists at the time, including Peter Clarke. Mr Abram Kesler, the current owner's uncle, and Mr Bernadt were great friends.

The current lot was painted on 24.7.1964, the day after Harvesters, Teslaarsdal, lot 621 which sold at Strauss & Co, on 10 October 2020, for R 569 000.

In 1964 Peter Clarke's work was represented at the Venice Biennale. It was also the year he returned to painting in oil, revisiting rural subjects from Tesselaarsdal. These were painted retrospectively from drawings and watercolours he had made there before going to Amsterdam. "Despite the stressful political developments of later 1964, the rural world beyond the mountains seems to have been a place whose mood Clarke could reach imaginatively and relive at will - a creative refuge for a 'coloured' artist living under apartheid."1

Evident in Landskap met Kleinhuisie, Teslaarsdal "the figures that appear in Clarke's landscapes of 1964 are workers seemingly in harmony with the land, often shown in profile or rearview, a non-intrusive mode often adopted by Clarke."2

1Philippa Hobbs and Elizabeth Rankin (2011) Listening to Distant Thunder: The Art of Peter Clarke, Johannesburg: Standard Bank of South Africa, page 105.
2Ibid, page 106.


Mr and Mrs Himan (Himie) Bernadt, Cape Town.

Mr Abram Kesler, Cape Town, the current owner's uncle, thence by descent.

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