Live Auction, 21 October 2013

Sold for

ZAR 682 080
Lot 724
  • Walter Battiss; Nyasaland Lake Scene

Lot Estimate
ZAR 300 000 - 400 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
ZAR 682 080

About this Item

South African 1906-1982
Nyasaland Lake Scene
oil on board
40 by 63cm excluding frame


Battiss produced many oils in the late ‘50s and ‘60s in which African figures constitute the subject matter, while the style and method show the assimilation and adaptation of Rock art. ... All illusionistic and perspectival Western references have been discarded and the entire format has been used to convey a sense of continuous, communal activity. The figures are of uniform size, no one unit assumes focal dominance, and movement across the picture plane is generated by colour and linear rhythm.
Arnold, Marion. (1985) ‘Confronting Paintings’. In Skawran, Karin and Macnamara, Michael. (eds.) Walter Battiss, Craighall: AD Donker. Page 61.

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