Important South African and International Art

Live Auction, 4 June 2018

Session One
  • Nel Erasmus; Flight, diptych
  • Nel Erasmus; Flight, diptych


Lot Estimate
ZAR 100 000 - 150 000

About this Item

South African 1928-
Flight, diptych
each signed and dated '05; signed and dated on the reverse
acrylic on canvas
92 by 122cm, each

Notes

Nel Erasmus captures two birds in full flight in her largescale diptych. Their flight is expertly captured in a couple of well-placed brush strokes with ample white space around them. Erasmus has always been fascinated by movement and her early work, inspired by Edgar Degas (1834–1917), depicts horses in full gallop. Nel Erasmus was a member of the Wits Group, together with Esmé Berman, Christo Coetzee, Larry Scully, Cecil Skotnes and Gordon Vorster. She studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1953 as well as at the Académie Ranson, under Gustave Singier in 1960. She was Director of the Johannesburg Art Gallery from 1964 until her retirement in 1977.

Exhibited

UJ Art Gallery, Johannesburg, Transnational Modernism: The Gutai Art Association, Christo Coetzee, and the Legacy of Abstract Expressionism in South Africa, 1 March 2013-31 March 2013.

Literature

Wilhelm van Rensburg (2013). Transnational Modernism: The Gutai Art Association, Christo Coetzee, and the Legacy of Abstract Expressionism in South Africa, Johannesburg: UJ Arts & Culture - UJ Art Gallery. Illustrated in colour, unpaginated.

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