19th century, Modern, Post-War and Contemporary Art, Decorative Arts and Jewellery

including highly important paintings from The Shill Collection and The Late Sol Munitz Collection, The Dr Johan Bolt Collection of Cape Furniture and The Dr JR and Mary Strong Collection of Chinese and Japanese Ceramics and Works of Art
Cape Town

10:00am Mon 18 Mar 2019

Lots

Select a Session

Go to Lot


Click on the image to zoom

Lot 598

South African 1920-2010
Susannah and the Elders
signed, dated 2007/8, inscribed with the title and medium on the reverse
oil over graphite and charcoal on canvas
60 by 60cm

 View a Condition Report



The story of Susannah and the Elders has inspired artists as diverse as Rubens, Rembrandt and Picasso. Taken from an Old Testament narrative included in the Book of Daniel, the story is to be read as an “example of life and the instruction of manners”. Refusing to succumb to the blackmail of a pair of voyeuristic elders who watched her bathe alone, Susannah was falsely accused of promiscuity and sentenced to death. Prompted by God, Daniel intervened, demanding that the elders’ story be verified. Once separated and their stories differing, Susannah’s dignity is restored and her life spared whilst the elders are sent for execution.

Combining abstraction with his figural representation, this is Hodgins’ characteristically witty take on this rich biblical theme, presenting the moment in the allegory when Susannah bathes in the nude and is first spied by the lecherous elders, depicted by cylindrical tubes who don sunglasses.



Estimate: R 350 000 - 450 000 

Sold for R 320 000
Which is R 364 160 incl Buyer's Premium and VAT


Lot Images Select an image below to view


Other lots that might interest you

Lot 515

Robert Hodgins
Egoli! Egoli! A wonderful town, A wonderful town ....
R 20 000 - 30 000

Lot 462

Edward Wolfe
Portrait of Mrs Jefferson
R 30 000 - 50 000

Lot 596

Walter Battiss
Water Carriers
R 180 000 - 240 000

Lot 475

Marianne Podlashuc
Making a Wish
R 25 000 - 35 000

Lot 561

Fran├žois Krige
Basotho Women Dancing
R 180 000 - 240 000

Lot 607

Hennie Niemann Jnr
The Red Towel
R 120 000 - 160 000