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Robert Hodgins; Igor Stravinsky & Four Women
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Lot 611

South African 1920-2010
Igor Stravinsky & Four Women
signed, dated 1999/00, inscribed with the artist's name, the medium and title on the reverse
oil on canvas
90 by 120cm excluding frame

Sold for R 650 000
Including Buyer's Premium and VAT R 724 100

Estimate R 200 000 - 400 000

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The definitive Hodgins for arts lovers, Igor Stravinsky & Four Women provides both a portrait of the bespectacled composer and a commentary on the creative genius who is said to have had the most profound influence on the evolution of music through the emancipation of rhythm, melody, and harmony.

Robert Hodgins creates a diptych of two distinct worlds, one of brilliant light illuminating the composer and another of theatrical drama populated by dramatic figures that may refer to the audiences who rioted at the 1913 Paris première of his controversial The Rite of Spring, or to the choreography by Nijinsky, which was lambasted by conservatives as primitive.

With typical humour, Hodgins offers us the most pared-down portrait of an artist whose compositions ranged from ‘polyrhythmic collisions’ to almost ‘monastic renunciations’ so much so that the rivalrous Arnold Schoenberg called him ‘Herr Modernsky’.

Robert Hodgins, essays and interviews,Tafelberg, Cape Town, 2002, page 45, and on back flap, illustrated in colour

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