Modern, Post-War and Contemporary Art

Online-Only Auction, 14 - 25 April 2022

South African Art at the Venice Biennale
About the Session

This Venice Biennale-themed session in Strauss & Co's April online-only auction is timed to coincide with the launch of the 59th edition of the Venice Biennale in late April, and Strauss & Co’s sponsorship of the African Art in Venice Forum 2022 at Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal on 20 and 21 April. This session divulges the history of the Venice Biennale and South African art, as the art world converges on Venice. South Africa first became part of the Venice Biennale more than seventy years ago. The cordial relationship between Italy and South Africa over this period has nurtured international support for artists and art organisations in this country and continues to develop today.

Sold for

ZAR 60 970
Lot 60
  • Dorothy Kay; Salt
  • Dorothy Kay; Salt
  • Dorothy Kay; Salt
  • Dorothy Kay; Salt
  • Dorothy Kay; Salt

Lot Estimate
ZAR 70 000 - 90 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 60 970

About this Item

Irish/South African 1886-1964

signed; inscribed 'Philip's Collection' on the reverse.

oil on canvas
73 by 85,5cm excluding frame; 86 by 98,5 by 4cm including frame


Dorothy Kay exhibited at the Venice Biennale, South African Pavilion in 1964.


Strauss & Co, Johannesburg, 11 November 2013, lot 206.

The Professor Leon Strydom Collection.


The National Gallery of South Africa, Cape Town.

Eastern Province Society of Arts and Crafts, Port Elizabeth, 23rd Exhibition, 18-28 September 1940, catalogue number 16.

Eastern Province Society of Arts and Crafts, Arts Hall, Port Elizabeth, Works by Dorothy Kay 1902-1955, June 1955, catalogue number 3.


Marjorie Reynolds (1989) Everything you do is a Portrait of Yourself, Dorothy Kay: A Biography, Johannesburg: Privately Published, mentioned on page 101, exhibitions mentioned on pages 464 and 475.

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