Live Virtual Auction, 14 September 2021

Sold for

R 193 460
Lot 32
Maud Sumner; Scene with River and Bridge

Lot Estimate
R 180 000 - 240 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
R 193 460
Johannesburg Office

About this Item

South African 1902-1985
Scene with River and Bridge
oil on canvas
49 by 98cm excluding frame; 67 by 116 by 5cm including frame


Thanks to Gerard de Kamper for his assistance in cataloguing this lot.

When Maud Sumner returned to Europe after waiting out World War II in South Africa, she noticed that the work of École de Paris artists had undergone a significant shift towards abstraction, in parallel with American Abstract Expressionism. Colour and surface became increasingly important and Sumner’s paintings from the 1950s onwards are similarly more abstract. She produced a hauntingly beautiful series of views of Thames River bridges, using contrasts of light and shadow and the simplified geometry of arching bridge spans, tethered barges and blocky industrial structures lining the banks to construct a sense of depth and atmosphere with an enviable economy of means.

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