Important South African and International Art

Live Auction, 13 November 2017

Session Two

Sold for

ZAR 11 710
Lot 258
  • Normand Dunn; Fisherman's Cottage


Lot Estimate
ZAR 10 000 - 15 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 11 710

About this Item

South African 1917-1988
Fisherman's Cottage

signed

oil on card
15,5 by 25,5cm excluding frame

Notes

Normand Dunn, after winning a scholarship to the Edinburgh College of Art, and serving with distinction in the Burmese campaign during WW2, took up the position of art master at Hilton College in 1947. Next to his teaching duties he wrote a weekly column for the Natal Witness and, under the pseudonym Falk, provided satirical cartoons for the paper. Appropriately, and having already committed himself to an African aesthetic, Dunn held a joint exhibition with Walter Battiss at the Neil Sackler Gallery in Pietermartizburg in 1961. Then, and throughout that decade, his work might be seen as a unique, decorative, startlingly-coloured conflation of bold Zulu motifs, classical Aegean friezes and a European Gothic spirit. African Trident (Lot W) and Five ‘Basuto Gothic’ Figures (Lot X) are fine, rare examples from this period, as is Shrine with Medallions (Lot Y), which closely resembles Paw-paw Tree with Shields purchased by the then South African National Gallery in 1969.

Fisherman’s Cottage (Lot Z) is evidence of Dunn’s dramatic shift in style and scale after moving to his Swellendam cottage in 1975 and beginning his professional relationship with Everard Read. The work from this latter period of the artist’s career, typified by everyday views from the surrounding towns and nearby coastal villages, is memorable for its folksy subjects, intense, whimsical colour, close, humorous observation, and warm, moral anecdotes.

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