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 655

South African 1949-
White Christmas
signed and dated 88
oil on canvas
119 by 144cm excluding frame

Sold for R 26 000
Including Buyer's Premium and VAT R 28 964

Estimate R 20 000 - 30 000

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Henry Symonds's White Christmas offers a post-colonial critique by drawing on icons of art history and popular culture. The foreground figure quotes British Pop artist Richard Hamilton’s ubiquitous screenprint, I’m dreaming of a white Christmas (1967) that incorporates a still from the Bing Crosby film Holiday Inn. Behind him lounges Madame de Pompadour, the influential mistress of King Louis XV as immortalised by celebrated court painter Francois Boucher.

Henry Symonds completed his undergraduate studies at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town and gained his Master of Fine Arts at the Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University, in 1999. He has exhibited widely in New Zealand, South Africa, the United States and Europe. He is represented by a number of works in the South African National Gallery. He is currently Dean of Instruction at Whitecliffe College of Art and Design in Auckland, New Zealand.

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