Dr Matthys Johannes Strydom Family Collection, Evening Sale

Live Virtual Auction, 22 November 2022

Dr Matthys Johannes Strydom Family Collection Live Auction
About the Session

Matthys Strydom was a true connoisseur of South African art. As director of the well-known Strydom Gallery in George for more than 30 years, he was responsible for the selection of a wide variety of prime art works from all over the country for the annual exhibitions. The Dr Matthys Johannes Strydom Family Collection offered by Strauss & Co gives collectors and art lovers the chance to become part of this great selection from the art history of our country.


Sold for

ZAR 7 622
Lot 286
  • Ludwig Strydom; The Monkey (In Some of Us)
  • Ludwig Strydom; The Monkey (In Some of Us)
  • Ludwig Strydom; The Monkey (In Some of Us)
  • Ludwig Strydom; The Monkey (In Some of Us)
  • Ludwig Strydom; The Monkey (In Some of Us)


Lot Estimate
ZAR 7 000 - 9 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 7 622

About this Item

Ludwig Strydom
South African 1963 -
The Monkey (In Some of Us)
2021

signed and dated 2021

wild olive wood, on a wooden base
height: 34cm, excluding base; 58cm, including base; width: 64cm; depth: 17cm

Notes

Ludwig Strydom, son of Dr Strydom and his wife Helene, grew up immersed in the art world as his parents were avid art patrons, collectors, and gallerists. He showed an artistic ability from a young age, sculpting toys from clay for his brothers and himself. He was also interested in movement and taught martial arts until 2002, when a stroke led to him scaling back and turning towards art instead. In 2006, his uncle Leon suggested he take up sculpting again and he did so after meeting and being encouraged by George Ramagaga (featured in lot 80 in the Timed Online Day sale, lot 283 and 285 on this sale). Strydom recounts Ramagaga telling him “If you spend enough time with the wood; the wood will tell you what it wants to become”.1 This is the approach that he takes; consulting the wood and working to reveal the movement – the sculpture – within. This movement can be seen in the two works of Strydom’s on this sale: the outstretched limbs and arching of the monkey’s form in lot 286 and the curves of the bull’s body and swishing of its tail in lot 284.

1. http://ludwigstrydom.com/about/

Provenance

Dr Matthys Johannes Strydom Family Collection.



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