WWF Art Auction

Live Auction, 17 September 2013

Evening Sale

Sold for

ZAR 180 000
Lot 4
  • Norman Catherine; Know Thyself

Lot Estimate
ZAR 180 000 - 200 000
Selling Price
ZAR 180 000

About this Item

South African 1949-
Know Thyself

signed and numbered 3/12

bronze with a verdigris patina, mounted on a sandstone base
height: 135cm, excluding base


"The ancient Greek saying, 'Know Thyself' seemed to be an apt title for this sculpture which is based on my self-examination iconography that has evolved over many years and appears in numerous works. These quotations best elicit the notions that I am attempting to evoke."

We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are. -- Anais Nin
The most common sort of lie is the one uttered to one's self. -- Nietzsche
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. -- William Shakespeare
When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves. -- Confucius


CIRCA Gallery, Johannesburg, Norman Catherine: Incognito, 1 August – 5 October 2013


Norman Catherine: Incognito Exhibition Catalogue (2013) Johannesburg: CIRCA Gallery. Illustrated in colour on the frontis page and pages 10–13.

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