Live Virtual Auction, 14 September 2021

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R 28 450
Lot 9
Adolph Jentsch; Moritzburg

Lot Estimate
R 8 000 - 12 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
R 28 450

About this Item

German/Namibian 1888-1977
Moritzburg
signed and inscribed with the title in pencil; inscribed with the artist's name, the title, a German inscription and 'P. Strack, Windhoek' on the reverse; inscribed with the artist's name, the title, the medium and dimensions on a Peter and Regina Strack label with accession number 85 adhered to the reverse
oil on canvas
15,5 by 24,5cm excluding frame; 30,5 by 39,5 by 4cm including frame

Notes

Adolph Jentsch trained at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts alongside such firebrands as Max Pechstein, George Grosz and Kurt Schwitters. He witnessed first-hand the tradition-jolting formation of Die Brücke, a group of artists then experimenting with clashing colours and angsty themes. Despite his proximity to this group, which became one of the founding pillars of German Expressionism, Jentsch’s own painting style remained
peculiarly unaffected. In fact, as his serene and tenderly-painted view of Moritzburg proves, his natural inclination was for peaceful colour harmonies and only a very gently distorted naturalism. Dispirited and professionally stifled by the looming threat of National Socialism in Germany, Jentsch immigrated to the then South West Africa in 1938. Enlivened by his new surroundings – the mirages, the endless horizons, the blazing light, the shifting desert – his approach to landscape painting took on more mystic and expressive characteristics.
Major oil paintings of dramatic vistas, of which few survive, were executed with darting brushstrokes – calligraphic and Oriental in nature – and mesmerizing gradations of ochre, gold, grey and indigo.

Provenance

Donated by the artist's estate to the Late Peter Strack.

The Late Peter and Regina Strack Collection.


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