Important South African and International Art

Live Auction, 13 November 2017

Session Two

Sold for

ZAR 34 104
Lot 271
  • Patrick O'Connor; The Three Graces

Lot Estimate
ZAR 20 000 - 30 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 34 104

About this Item

South African 1940-
The Three Graces

signed and dated 69

oil on canvas
99 by 121cm excluding frame


Durban Art Gallery, Andrew Verster and Patrick O'Connor, 1969


Patrick O’Connor, while trained at the University of the Witswatersrand, taught painting at the University of Durban-Westville from 1964, before taking up a senior position at the Natal Technikon in 1971. At both institutions his tenure coincided with that of Andrew Verster. Infamously, O’Connor and Verster staged a two-man exhibition at the Durban Art Gallery in 1969. The current lot was on show, alongside other satirical nudes by Verster. After much controversy, the Gallery’s director ordered the show to be taken down, primarily on the grounds of its ‘offensive’ and so-called pornographic elements. O’Connor emigrated to Ireland in 1977.

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