Live Virtual Auction, 15 February 2020

Sold for

R 190 000
Lot 76
Lionel Smit; Rorschach Divided #1

Lot Estimate
R 200 000 - 300 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
R 190 000

About this Item

South African 1982-
Rorschach Divided #1
signed and dated 2013; inscribed with the title on the stretcher and further inscribed with the details on an Everard Read label on the reverse
oil on canvas
130 by 170cm excluding frame


“Faces confront us every day in our everyday life: most pass us by, some become marked in our memories through conversations or engagements or repetition [...] Lionel Smit’s works offer us an entry point into the variety and richness that lies beneath every face we encounter, whether in life, in bronze or in paint. Just as we gaze up at the stars and see seemingly similar points of light, in fact, each one represents a world, a galaxy or a cluster of possibility, so far away but also tantalisingly within reach.”1


1. Andrew Lamprecht (2013) ‘Little Stars, Big Stars: Recent Work by Lionel Smit’ in Lionel Smit: Accumulation, Johannesburg: Everard Read. Page 2 and 3.


Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg.

Private Collection.


Everard Read, Johannesburg, Lionel Smit: Accumulation, 4 to 27 July 2013. Illustrated in an exhibition view on page 27 of the catalogue.

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