Modern and Contemporary Art

Live Virtual Auction, 16 May 2023

Modern and Contemporary Art

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Lot 75
  • Edoardo Villa; Panel for Killarney Mall Fountain
  • Edoardo Villa; Panel for Killarney Mall Fountain


Lot Estimate
ZAR 300 000 - 500 000
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Location
Johannesburg
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About this Item

South African 1915-2011
Panel for Killarney Mall Fountain

signed and dated 1965

bronze with dark brown patina
height: 75,5cm; width: 106cm; depth: 30cm

Notes

After WWII a surge of energy and talent emerged in the Johannesburg art community. At the centre of this new vitality that shifted local art production toward a more African sensibility was a group of predominantly new immigrants from Europe, including the Italian-born Edoardo Villa, who chose to make South Africa his home after he was released from the Zonderwater POW camp. As an art student in Italy Villa had been exposed to the great modernist artists of the time, and in South Africa he created a cross cultural synthesis deeply rooted in a particularly African convention, his experience of war and captivity, and the modern architecture and industrialisation of the city of Johannesburg and its surrounds. He produced a prodigious body of extraordinary sculptures in bronze and cut steel over his long career, most notably his monumental public sculptures.

Literature

Gerard de Kamper and Chris de Klerk (2012) Villa in Bronze, Pretoria: University of Pretoria, panels illustrated on pages 210 and 211.

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