May ART with a focus on Seasons

Timed Online Auction, 3 - 13 May 2024

Art Club
About the Session

Strauss & Co’s monthly ART online sales have, over recent years, gained increasing popularity, with both first-time and established collectors recognising the value and the ease of collecting art online.

On Tuesday 7 May at Strauss & Co’s Cape Town offices, the May Art Club sees an expansion of the usual format to include a book launch and Q&A with artist and author Dominique Cheminais at 6pm. Paintings by Cheminais, which feature characters from her book, The Maze, will be on exhibition, and are available in the Art Club session as the first seven lots. Additional works will be available for immediate purchase.

Preceding this is a walkabout by Strauss & Co specialists at 5:30pm. Each specialist will highlight their favourite works from the auction.

Sold for

ZAR 32 830
Lot 40
  • William Kentridge and Rosenclaire; Expectant Fluid
  • William Kentridge and Rosenclaire; Expectant Fluid
  • William Kentridge and Rosenclaire; Expectant Fluid

Lot Estimate
ZAR 30 000 - 40 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 32 830
Cape Town

About this Item

South African 20th Century
Expectant Fluid

signed by the artists, dated 09.11, numbered EV 7/24 in pencil and embossed with the David Krut Workshop chopmark in the margin

etching and lithograph on paper
image size: 44 by 44cm; 76,5 by 76,5 by 3cm including frame


Expectant Fluid was created collaboratively at the Nirox Foundation, in February 2009, by William Kentridge, Rose Shakinovsky and Claire Gavronsky (Rosenclaire). At the time, Shakinovsky and Gavronsky were artists in residence. Each of the three artists drew a self-portrait from their reflections on the copper plate. There are two portraits of Kentridge; one drawn by him and the other was done by Gavronsky.

Above each of the three artists’ portraits are three pots pouring liquid – expectant fluid – that correlate with the words Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos. These are the names of three sisters, from Greek mythology, who each deal with controlling people’s lives from birth, life expectancy and death. The circle under the first pot represents life, while the scissors underneath the third pot represent death.


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