Important South African and International Art

Live Auction, 4 June 2018

Session One

Sold for

ZAR 79 660
Lot 137
  • Anton Uys; Metaphysical Boxes III

Lot Estimate
ZAR 50 000 - 70 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 79 660

About this Item

South African 1947-
Metaphysical Boxes III
signed and dated 1975
acrylic on canvas
104 by 175cm excluding frame


In this work, Anton Uys embraces the principles of post-painterly abstraction with its hard edges and flat painted surfaces. He also engages with the aesthetics of Op Art where colour and shape are deployed to create playful visual illusions of depth and perspective on a flat surface. In the present lot, the row of pale, hollow, rectangular forms beside a row of solid similar forms coloured in wavy bands, continue into the distance almost to a point of infinity. The complex interrelationship of the angular forms perplexes the viewer and challenges the eye to disentangle the geometry of the composition.


Ansdell Gallery, London, Anton Uys: Paintings, Collages, Graphics, 8 April 1975-27 April 1975, illustrated in colour on the cover of the exhibition invitation.


Michael Stevenson and Annabel Rosholt (2003). Moving in Time and Space: Shifts between Abstraction and Representation in Post-War South African Art, Cape Town: Michael Stevenson Contemporary. A similar example is illustrated in colour on page 40.

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