Important South African and International Art

Live Auction, 13 November 2017

Session Three

Sold for

ZAR 170 520
Lot 369
  • Fred Page; The Summons

Lot Estimate
ZAR 150 000 - 200 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 170 520

About this Item

South African 1908-1984
The Summons

signed and dated 82

oil on canvas laid down on board
59 by 50cm excluding frame


Most of Fred Page’s paintings feature spaces defined by architecture, and when figures appear in these settings, they seem to have little logical function but to enhance the intended sense of oddness and disquiet. The Summons depicts a young boy in a room, an oversized white Knight associated with the game of chess, a toy train engine on a table, and beyond the window a real train and a boy with bugle summoning someone, but who we do not know. Typically, Page’s palette is restricted to black and white, but here he makes generous use of a muted shade of pink, a curious choice for the subject matter, but then that is what Page does: he keeps us guessing.

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