Dr Matthys Johannes Strydom Family Collection, Day Sale

Timed Online Auction, 10 - 22 November 2022

Works on Paper

Sold for

ZAR 8 208
Lot 128
  • Maud Sumner; Stillewe: Vaas met Blomme en Klipbeeldhouwerk voor Spieël (Still Life: Vase with Flowers and Stone Sculpture in front of Mirror)
  • Maud Sumner; Stillewe: Vaas met Blomme en Klipbeeldhouwerk voor Spieël (Still Life: Vase with Flowers and Stone Sculpture in front of Mirror)
  • Maud Sumner; Stillewe: Vaas met Blomme en Klipbeeldhouwerk voor Spieël (Still Life: Vase with Flowers and Stone Sculpture in front of Mirror)


Lot Estimate
ZAR 12 000 - 16 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 8 208

About this Item

South African 1902-1985
Stillewe: Vaas met Blomme en Klipbeeldhouwerk voor Spieël (Still Life: Vase with Flowers and Stone Sculpture in front of Mirror)

signed; inscribed with the title on the reverse

pen, ink and watercolour on tracing paper
41 by 31cm excluding frame; 62,5 by 47 by 2,5cm including frame

Notes

Maud Sumner described herself: “as a person, I am South African and English, but as a painter I am French.”1 In 1926, she moved to Paris after beginning her artistic career a year earlier at the Westminster School of Art in London – prior to this, she earned a degree in Literature at Oxford University. In Paris, she immersed herself in the richness of colour and taste of the French art scene.2 There she attended Ateliers d’Art Sacré and the Académie de la Grande Chaumière and was influenced by Post-Impressionism and Intimism. Sumner returned to Johannesburg during the war years and exhibited with the New Group (after Walter Battiss’ 1938 invitation). She moved back to Paris after the war and her art turned towards fragmentation, as inspired by Abstractionism and the Rayonnist movement. In the 1960s, Sumner took the first of many trips to Namibia where she became interested in desert scenes. In these, she would paint the vast landscape with a softened colour palette and sense of emptiness and silence.3 In November of 1971, Sumner was awarded the Medal of Honour by the ‘Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns’. Throughout her career, Sumner travelled between South Africa, England, and France but settled in Johannesburg in 1979 due to ill health.

The collection of lots on this sale demonstrates the breadth of Sumner’s oeuvre. They range from intimate portraits, interior scenes, and still lives to vast urban, rural, and desert views. They form a wonderful cross-section of Sumner’s various interests and artistic abilities.

1. Esmé Berman (1983) Art & Artists of South Africa, Cape Town: Balkema, page 444.
2. Frieda Harmeson (1992) Maud Sumner: Painter and Poet, Pretoria: JL van Schaik, pages 16-20.
3. Charles Eglington (1967) Maud Sumner, Johannesburg: Purnell and Sons SA.

Provenance

Dr Matthys Johannes Strydom Family Collection.

Literature

Charles Eglington (1967) Maud Sumner, Cape Town and Johannesburg: Purnell and Sons S.A (Pty) Ltd, illustrated in black and white, plate no. 18, with the title 'Still Life'.

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