Live Auction, 23 May 2016

Sold for

R 341 040
Lot 250
Pieter Wenning; Varkblom in Rooi Vaas

Lot Estimate
R 300 000 - 400 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
R 341 040

About this Item

South African 1873-1921
Varkblom in Rooi Vaas
signed, inscribed with the title on a gallery label adhered to the reverse
oil on canvas laid down on board
36 by 24cm excluding frame

Notes

This still life dates from a significant episode in Pieter Wenning’s professional biography. In June 1916, Wenning took a leave of absence from his job as a bookseller in Pretoria to work on a new body of paintings in Cape Town. Already an established landscape artist and member of The Individualists, a progressive grouping of Pretoria painters that included JH Pierneef, Wenning’s two-month stay in Newlands led to his decision to become a fulltime artist. He was 41. This is the only still life Wenning produced during his stay, a key transition period, which was followed by what painter Gregoire Boonzaier later characterised as a “short, tragic, yet brilliant career”.1 The political cartoonist DC Boonzaier, who assisted Wenning during his career-influencing stay, catalogued this work. He additionally observed that it was the only work Wenning produced inside his lodgings at Newlands House.2

1 Boonzaier, Gregoire. (1968) ‘Pieter Wenning’ in Our Art, Pretoria: Lantern. Page 134.

2 Scholtz, J Du P. (1973) D.C. Boonzaier en Pieter Wenning: Verslag van 'n Vriendskap, Cape Town: Tafelberg. Pages 29 and 33.

Exhibited

Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, Wenning Commemoration Exhibition, 1967

Literature

Scholtz, J Du P. (1973) D.C. Boonzaier en Pieter Wenning: Verslag van 'n Vriendskap, Cape Town: Tafelberg. Illustrated on page 101.


Other lots that might interest you
Pranas Domsaitis; Still Life with Spring Flowers
Pranas Domsaitis
Still Life with Spring Flowers
R 50 000 - 70 000
Louis van Heerden; Still Life with St Joseph Lilies
Louis van Heerden
Still Life with St Joseph Lilies
R 20 000 - 30 000
Pieter Wenning; Mosque, Malay Quarter, Cape Town
Pieter Wenning
Mosque, Malay Quarter, Cape Town
R 180 000 - 240 000
Adriaan Boshoff; Still Life with Magnolias
Adriaan Boshoff
Still Life with Magnolias
R 80 000 - 120 000
Pieter Wenning; Still Life with Peacock Feather and Buddha
Pieter Wenning
Still Life with Peacock Feather and Buddha
R 80 000 - 120 000
Vladimir Tretchikoff; Sunflowers
Vladimir Tretchikoff
Sunflowers
R 400 000 - 600 000