Live Virtual Auction, 14 September 2021

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R 426 750
Lot 59
Maggie Laubser; Bird in a Landscape with Rays

Lot Estimate
R 450 000 - 550 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
R 426 750
Johannesburg Office

About this Item

South African 1886-1973
Bird in a Landscape with Rays
oil on canvas laid down on board
45 by 40cm excluding frame; 60 by 55 by 3cm including frame


"In 1924 when Maggie Laubser returned to the country of her birth, after studying and travelling in Europe, it is not surprising that she took up the ties of her youth spent living on a farm, and birds became a major source of inspiration for her pictures. The heron features in several of her landscape paintings, sometimes with ducks and sometimes with people that move into the distance. Bird in a Landscape with Rays differs from other compositions featuring herons as the bird’s prominence is emphasised by a rainbow that seemingly splits into two. Dramatically, the heron takes its position on the foreground of the picture plane, between the two half-rainbows that enshrine it. This configuration of the rainbow is suggestive of a Gothic arch and ‘nature’s cathedral’ is called to mind. Some of the rainbow colours reflect on the bird’s feathers linking the bird and the rainbow, and therefore earth and heaven – ‘as above, so below’. This heron embodies a heavenly messenger. This is the domain of eternal light."
Elza Miles


From the Estate of a Gentleman.


South African Association of Arts, Cape Town, 1960.

RMB Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg, Gladys Mgudlandlu and Maggie Laubser: Visionary Artists, Parallel Lives, 28 August to 2 September 2020, illustrated in colour on page 8 of the exhibition catalogue.


Dalene Marais (1994) Maggie Laubser: Her Paintings, Drawings and Graphics, Johannesburg: Perskor, illustrated in black and white on page 349, catalogue number 1525.

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