Live Virtual Auction, 14 September 2021

Sold for

R 170 700
Lot 80
Hugo Naudé; On the Umzimvubu River, Port St Johns

Lot Estimate
R 80 000 - 90 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
R 170 700

About this Item

South African 1869-1941
On the Umzimvubu River, Port St Johns
signed; inscribed with the artist's name and the title ('On the Imzimbuvu River') on the reverse
oil on board
24 by 34,5cm excluding frame; 56 by 76 by 5cm including frame


Hugo Naudé travelled the backroads of the Cape – from his home in Worcester, to Namaqualand, Kleinmondstrand, Hermanus, Knysna and Port St Johns – in a self-designed caravan, built, with the help of his local scout group, on a re-purposed Ford chassis. The caravan had water tanks and fold-down beds and an external cupboard for tea-making equipment. The purpose of the expeditions undertaken in the caravan was not only to find scenic views to paint – Naudé carried a supply of small canvases for creating quick plein air sketch paintings along the way – but also to gather seeds and cuttings of indigenous plants, brought back carefully in cut potatoes. The sketches were worked up into larger paintings in the studio, and the seeds and cuttings were sewn and propagated in his garden at home and in the public gardens of the town of Worcester.

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