Live Virtual Auction, 14 September 2021

Sold for

ZAR 455 200
Lot 39
  • Pieter Wenning; Rietdakhuis, Mowbray, Cape
  • Pieter Wenning; Rietdakhuis, Mowbray, Cape
  • Pieter Wenning; Rietdakhuis, Mowbray, Cape
  • Pieter Wenning; Rietdakhuis, Mowbray, Cape
  • Pieter Wenning; Rietdakhuis, Mowbray, Cape
  • Pieter Wenning; Rietdakhuis, Mowbray, Cape


Lot Estimate
ZAR 400 000 - 600 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
ZAR 455 200

About this Item

South African 1873-1921
Rietdakhuis, Mowbray, Cape
signed and dated 17; inscribed with 'Mowbray, Cape' on the reverse
oil on canvas
27 by 37cm excluding frame; 38,5 by 49 by 5cm including frame

Notes

After attempting to capture the harsh, clear and bright sunlight of the Highveld, Pieter Wenning relocated to the moderate climes of
the Mediterranean-like Western Cape, where the sombre, misty skies and lead-grey clouds suited him better and where he produced many of his most successful works. He was often seen roaming the neighbourhood in Cape Town’s southern suburbs – Observatory, Mowbray, Newlands, Claremont, Plumstead, and Bishopscourt – with sketchbook in hand, making quick drawings of captivating scenes and buildings. He soon, however, discarded the sketchbook for working en plain air, directly on canvas, with paint box readily at hand. DC Boonzaier (Gregoire’s father) notes in his diary that on 9 July 1916 – a Sunday afternoon – Wenning went to Mowbray to paint an old Dutch house and returned to the scene the following Sunday morning to continue working on the painting. The imposing structure of the building, with its rich, silky moss-covered thatched roof and its mouldy weatherworn walls embraced by ancient windswept trees, made a deep impression on Wenning, who revelled in capturing the evocative scene in muted grey, green and brown tones and impressing the viewer with serene harmonies of composition and colour. The Northern European impressionism of the Hague School of artists, especially George Breitner, Jozef Israels, the Maris brothers and Anton Mauve, made way for splendid Southern impressionism.

Provenance

Strauss & Co, Cape Town, 26 September, lot 258.

Literature

J du P Scholtz (1973) DC Boonzaier en Pieter Wenning: Verslag van 'n Vriendskap, Cape Town: Tafelberg, listed as no. 30 and illustrated in black and white on page 102.


Other lots that might interest you
Jacob Hendrik Pierneef; Boland Farm
Jacob Hendrik Pierneef
Boland Farm
ZAR 500 000 - 700 000
Conrad Theys; Cross Roads
Conrad Theys
Cross Roads
ZAR 40 000 - 60 000
Alexander Rose-Innes; Autumn Trees, Wynberg
Alexander Rose-Innes
Autumn Trees, Wynberg
ZAR 180 000 - 240 000
David Botha; Cape Winter Scene
David Botha
Cape Winter Scene
ZAR 70 000 - 100 000
Hugo Naudé; The Valley of a Thousand Hills
Hugo Naudé
The Valley of a Thousand Hills
ZAR 80 000 - 120 000
Herbert Coetzee; View of Buildings through Trees
Herbert Coetzee
View of Buildings through Trees
ZAR 6 000 - 8 000