Live Virtual Auction, 5 - 6 April 2022

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Lot 523
  • Jean Welz; Still Life: Earthenware and Fruit
  • Jean Welz; Still Life: Earthenware and Fruit
  • Jean Welz; Still Life: Earthenware and Fruit
  • Jean Welz; Still Life: Earthenware and Fruit
  • Jean Welz; Still Life: Earthenware and Fruit


Lot Estimate
ZAR 500 000 - 700 000
Selling Price
Unsold
Location
Cape Town

About this Item

South African 1900-1975
Still Life: Earthenware and Fruit
signed and dated 44; signed, dated 44 - 45 and inscribed 'Worcester, S.A.' on the reverse
oil on panel
61 by 80cm excluding frame; 79 by 97 by 4,5cm including frame

Notes

"In Still Life: Earthenware and Fruit (1944; p68), the vibrating reflections of the outside air in Overhex have shifted to the interior of the studio. Just as this small landscape, painted the previous year, glistens with each test of colour, so the canvas of Still Life: Earthenware and Fruit shimmers. The varying colour of the white cloth becomes a metaphor for the dry landscape on which still-life objects (such as the decorated jug and chair) are the evidence of human presence. Although Welz's warm palette of rust brown's ochres, olive green and orange in no way suggests water, the oval rotation in the arrangement and the white inside curve of the bowl stimulate one's imagination towards seeing puddles and pools. The concentric circles and leaf design on the jug add to this sense of landscape and water."1

1. Elza Miles (1997) The World of Jean Welz, Cape Town: Fernwood Press, page 48.

Provenance

Acquired from the artist by the current owner's grandparents.

Literature

Elza Miles (1997) The World of Jean Welz, Cape Town: Fernwood Press, page 48 and illustrated in colour on page 68.


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