Live Virtual Auction, 14 September 2021

Sold for

R 85 350
Lot 36
Nita Spilhaus; Windswept Trees

Lot Estimate
R 70 000 - 100 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
R 85 350

About this Item

German/South African 1878-1967
Windswept Trees
signed with the artist's monogram; dated 1945 and inscribed with the artist's name and the title on the reverse
oil on board
60 by 83cm excluding frame; 84 by 107 by 4cm including frame


"Only when she began to tackle the wind-sculpted forms of the Cape pines which grew on Devil’s Peak did Nita Spilhaus find a theme which offered outlet to her modest personal lyricism; thereafter and throughout her career, trees of all kinds were to provide her most sympathetic subject matter … She [adopted her friend Pieter Wenning’s] distinctive procedures of painting opaque, sombre skies … over a dark, warm imprimatura and pointing up the structure of the composition with the linear accents of gnarled, naked branches."
Esmé Berman

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