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Lot 497

South African 1899-1980
Abstract with Basuto Motives
signed and dated 62; signed and inscribed 'Rondebosch, fecit 1962' on the reverse; artist's name, title and medium on a Bienal de São Paulo label adhered to the reverse; further inscribed with the title Blue Abstract on a South African National Gallery adhered to the reverse
oil on board
81.5 by 65cm excluding frame

Sold for R 70 000
Including Buyer's Premium and VAT R 79 660

Estimate R 60 000 - 80 000


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Bienal de São Paulo, September to December 1963.

Ellen Davis-Mesman (1998) The Colourful Palette of Alfred Krenz. Cape Town: Ellen Davis-Mesman. Illustrated on page 67, number 53, with the title Basuto Abstract.

'Rather different is the Basuto Abstract (1962) in which Krenz used a figure wrapped in a blanket, and abstracted the figure and its surrounds in a colourful patchwork, which gives the impression of a collage. In this respect it is different from his other abstracts. This painting is very evocative of Africa in the earthy rich colours of rusty brown and orange'.

Ibid.



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