Live Virtual Auction, 14 September 2021

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Lot 82
Pieter Wenning; Malay Quarter, Cape Town

Lot Estimate
R 90 000 - 120 000
Selling Price
Cape Town Office

About this Item

South African 1873-1921
Malay Quarter, Cape Town
signed; inscribed with the title on the reverse
oil on canvas
30 by 43cm excluding frame; 49,5 by 62 by 8cm including frame


"Impressionism means to me: that the artist is tackling the subject, which inspires him, in a fresh method every time; does not know whether his effort will be a failure or not; does not care what the result of his effort will be; does not think about the possibility of selling the thing later on, just works for the sake of working, for the great joy it gives to be absorbed in the work entirely. Before the public can appreciate such work, it must be able to grasp the motives, or shall I say, the absence of all motives, leading to it. It must be able to see the painter in the light of the man who can’t help painting, the man who paints like others breathe or eat. People who make a picture like others make shoes or hats or caps have certainly their place in the world as well (is not society composed of so many elements?) but do not deserve the name "artist.”"
Pieter Wenning, quoted by J du P Scholtz

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