Contemporary Art

Live Auction, 16 February 2019

Contemporary Auction

Sold for

ZAR 159 320
Lot 55
  • William Kentridge; Head I
  • William Kentridge; Head I
  • William Kentridge; Head I

Lot Estimate
ZAR 80 000 - 120 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 159 320

About this Item

South African 1955-
Head I
signed and numbered 7/25 in red pencil crayon
lithography, letterpress, scanned book pages, hand colouring and chine collé
height: 36cm


The present lot, from the series Four Paper Heads, is a sculptural, multi-faceted portrait that riffs off Pablo Picasso’s Absinthe Drinker series from 1914.1 Having to some extent created Soho and Felix – two of his most prominent characters – in his own image, Head I shows the artist working with the idea of collating multiple personalities in a single moment, much like how the great Cubists presented on canvas multiple viewpoints at the same time.

  1. Mark Rosenthal (ed.) (2009) William Kentridge: Five Themes, New Haven: Yale University Press. Page 63.


Warren Siebrits. (2011) Aspects of South African Art II: 1910–2010, Johannesburg: Warren Siebrits. Another example from the edition is illustrated in colour, unpaginated.

Lilian Tone. (ed.) (2013) William Kentridge: Fortuna, London: Thames & Hudson. Another example from the edition is illustrated in colour on pages 48 and 49.

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