Modern and Contemporary Art

Live Virtual Auction, 16 May 2023

Modern and Contemporary Art

Sold for

ZAR 1 000 000
Lot 16
  • William Kentridge; You Who Never Arrived

Lot Estimate
ZAR 1 000 000 - 1 500 000
Selling Price
ZAR 1 000 000

About this Item

South African 1955-
You Who Never Arrived

signed, dated 21 and numbered T/P 2/2

coffee lift etching and hand painting on Phumani paper mounted on raw cotton cloth
173 by 186cm, unframed


When I was nine years old, we planted two white stinkwoods in the garden. All my childhood I waited for the trees to grow, to be strong enough to hold a hammock. They refused. Twenty years later I returned to live in the house with my family and the trees were mature. Fifteen years later, the trees were magnificent. And then one of them was struck by lightning and died. The shock, not just the hole in the shade canopy, the gap in the garden, but rather the shaking of the belief that a tree is a gift for future generations or – if not for future generations – then at least for other people… its lifespan should be so much longer. How could the tree die before me? No. If the tree could die, how vulnerable are we or am I? – William Kentridge

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