Live Auction, 13 November 2017

Sold for

R 147 784
Lot 125
Breyten Breytenbach; Die Hen

Lot Estimate
R 25 000 - 35 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
R 147 784

About this Item

South African 1939-
Die Hen
inscribed with the artist's name, 1975 and the title on a plaque adhered to the frame; inscribed with the title on the reverse
oil on board
44 by 30,5cm excluding frame


Illustrated in colour on the cover of Breyten Breytenbach’s anthology of poems, Voetskrif (1976), the present lot depicts a surreal scene of man, dog and egg. The lot is accompanied by a handwritten poem by the poet, dedicated to the present owner, and titled ‘mens’, dealing with those things, lyrical and prosaic, that make us human. Better known for his importance as Afrikaans resistance poet under apartheid, Breytenbach emerged as a fine artist in his own right, designing and painting the images that adorn his numerous anthologies. Of particular interest is the book Vingermaan (1980), a collection of the drawings Breytenbach did while he was incarcerated under the Terrorist Act in the early 1970s. The dog appears in no fewer than three of these drawings.

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