South African Art, Jewellery and Decorative Arts

Including The Professor Walter Beck Collection of Chinese Works of Art, Ceramics, Japanese Cloisonné, Glass and Books
Cape Town

2:00pm Mon 6 Feb 2012


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Lot 515

South African 1886-1973
oil on canvasboard
39,5 by 50cm

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Houtdraers is listed as having been painted in 1929 in the catalogue of Maggie Laubser’s retrospective exhibition curated by Professor Matthys Bokhorst and mounted at the South African National Gallery in 1969, in conjunction with Dr Albert Werth of Pretoria Art Museum and Nel Erasmus, Director of the Johannesburg Art Gallery. In the introduction to the catalogue Gregoire Boonzaier wrote:
... it was her great interest in all that she saw around her on the farm that inspired her every day. Thus she became one of the first painters in this country to depict the farm-labourers and fisherfolk at their daily labour. Into her motifs were introduced a variety of fruit, flowers and animal-life which she knew so well.
This rich variety of subject-matter with which she had grown up, and which she loved and understood, she now portrayed for many years in a series of brilliant paintings in a style her very own.1
1. Maggie Laubser: Retrospective Exhibition, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, 1969, unpaginated

Acquired from the artist and thence by descent

South African National Gallery, Pretoria Art Museum and Johannesburg Art Gallery, Maggie Laubser: Retrospective Exhibition, 1969

Dalene Marais, Maggie Laubser, her paintings, drawings and graphics, Perskor, Johannesburg and Cape Town, 1994, page 287, Cat No 1154

Matthys Bokhorst (ed) with Introduction by Gregoire Boonzaier, Maggie Laubser: Retrospective Exhibition, Cat No 81

Estimate: R 300 000 - 500 000 

Sold for R 720 000
Which is R 802 080 incl Buyer's Premium and VAT

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