Live Virtual Auction, 14 September 2021

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R 546 240
Lot 10
Adolph Jentsch; Extensive Landscape, SWA

Lot Estimate
R 400 000 - 600 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
R 546 240

About this Item

German/Namibian 1888-1977
Extensive Landscape, SWA
signed with the artist's initials and dated 1939
oil on canvas, in the artist's chosen frame from Tischlerei Ellmer, Windhoek
67,5 by 97,5cm excluding frame


Wolfgang Biederlack (b. Windhoek, 1933) had a lifelong passion for Namibian art. Seeking out fine examples, privately or through local dealers, he built a beautiful and balanced survey collection of pictures that spanned nearly a century, and included works by the likes of Axel Eriksson, Heinz Pulon, Otto Schröder, Fritz Krampe, Otto Klar, Johannes and Arnfried Blatt, Keith Alexander, Nico Roos and, of course, Adolph Jentsch.

Adolph Jentsch trained at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts alongside such firebrands as Max Pechstein, George Grosz and Kurt Schwitters. He witnessed first-hand the tradition-jolting formation of Die Brücke, a group of artists then experimenting with clashing colours and angsty themes. Despite his proximity to this group, which became one of the founding pillars of German Expressionism, Jentsch’s own painting style remained
peculiarly unaffected. In fact, as his serene and tenderly-painted view of Moritzburg proves, his natural inclination was for peaceful colour harmonies and only a very gently distorted naturalism. Dispirited and professionally stifled by the looming threat of National Socialism in Germany, Jentsch immigrated to the then South West Africa in 1938. Enlivened by his new surroundings – the mirages, the endless horizons, the blazing light, the shifting desert – his approach to landscape painting took on more mystic and expressive characteristics.
Major oil paintings of dramatic vistas, of which few survive, were executed with darting brushstrokes – calligraphic and Oriental in nature – and mesmerizing gradations of ochre, gold, grey and indigo.


The Estate of Wolfgang Biederlack, Windhoek.

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