JH Pierneef: Close to Home

Live Virtual Auction, 25 July 2023

JH Pierneef: Close to Home

Sold for

ZAR 44 555
Lot 14
  • Jacob Hendrik Pierneef; Miershope, S.W.A. (Nilant 113)
  • Jacob Hendrik Pierneef; Miershope, S.W.A. (Nilant 113)
  • Jacob Hendrik Pierneef; Miershope, S.W.A. (Nilant 113)


Lot Estimate
ZAR 25 000 - 35 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 44 555

About this Item

South African 1886-1957
Miershope, S.W.A. (Nilant 113)

signed, dated 1930, numbered 38/50 and inscribed 'impr.' in pencil in the margin

linocut on paper
image size: 19,5 by 13,5cm; 45 by 39 by 4cm including frame

Notes

Pierneef made a life-changing trip to the then South West Africa in 1923. The seemingly endless horizons, the sense of isolation, the weathered and handsome veld, and the unique light – above all – moved him. During this first visit, and throughout the second one the following year, he travelled and sketched ceaselessly, recording beautiful vignettes for later linocuts and studio paintings.

Provenance

Strauss & Co, Johannesburg, 13 November 2017, lot 21.

Literature

F E G Nilant (1974) Die Hout- en Linosneë van JH Pierneef, Cape Town: A A Balkema, another impression from the edition illustrated in black and white on page 148.

Gerard de Kamper and Chris de Klerk (2014) JH Pierneef in Print, Bela-Bela: Dream Africa, another impression from the edition illustrated in black and white on page 105, with the title Anthills in South West Africa.

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