Curatorial Voices: African Landscapes, Past and Present

Live Virtual Auction, 19 February 2024

Curatorial Voices: African Landscapes, Past and Present
About the Session

From Thomas Baines to Jake Aikman, Curatorial Voices: African Landscapes, Past and Present will showcase art by pioneering modernist and trailblazing contemporary artists, spanning 175 years of visual landscape painting on the African continent. This comprehensive auction reveals a nuanced understanding of the diverse cultural, historical, and environmental contexts that have shaped artistic representations of the landscape. Through an examination of various themes, the auction seeks to engage viewers in a dialogue that transcends time and space, connecting past representations to contemporary perspectives. The auction attempts to engage with the diversity of artists that have shaped and continue to shape the depiction of Africa through time.

The auction invites viewers on a captivating journey through the artistic expressions that mirror the multifaceted nature of African terrain. Through meticulous  curation and insightful analysis, the catalogue aspires to be a valuable resource for scholars, art enthusiasts and anyone eager to embark on a thought-provoking exploration of Africa’s rich and complex artistic heritage.

Curatorial Voices
Recognising the dynamic discourse surrounding African Landscape, both past and present, the auction features texts by invited contemporary curators responding to the auction selection and themes. As external voices, they provide critical insights into the complexities of the landscape theme. By amplifying these contemporary perspectives, the exhibition seeks to bridge the gap between traditional representations and the ever-evolving discourse on the role of African art within the global art market.

Azza Satti, Independent Curator, Kenya
Azu Nwagbogu, Founder and Director of the African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), Nigeria
Camilla van Hoogstraten, Head of Sales, Latitudes Online
Ugoma Ebilah, Curator, Gallerist & Founder of Bloom Art
Nkgopoleng Moloi, Independent Curator, South Africa

Sold for

ZAR 866 438
Lot 55
  • Jacob Hendrik Pierneef; Acacia Trees in an Extensive Landscape
  • Jacob Hendrik Pierneef; Acacia Trees in an Extensive Landscape
  • Jacob Hendrik Pierneef; Acacia Trees in an Extensive Landscape

Lot Estimate
ZAR 1 000 000 - 1 500 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 866 438

About this Item

South African 1886-1957
Acacia Trees in an Extensive Landscape

signed and dated 40

oil on board
45 by 61cm excluding frame; 62 by 77,5 by 4cm including frame


The thorn tree is perhaps Pierneef’s most immediately recognisable motif from a long and distinguished career, wherein he assimilated and experimented with new visual styles to better express his love of the natural world.

These new languages included Impressionism, Pointillism, geometric abstraction and a variety of surface treatments varying from impasto to the thinly painted large-scale simplicity of his massive monumental period.

This work, painted in 1940 during a period of stylistic consolidation, demonstrates his enduring interest in a Highveld cluster of trees within an extensive landscape with masterful elemental simplicity.

This lot has been selected by Curatorial Voice: Azu Nwagbogu.


Acquired directly from the artist circa 1940-41, thence by descent.

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