Defining Impressions: A Selection of Prints from South African Studios

Live Virtual Auction, 6 November 2023

Session 1

Sold for

ZAR 981 963
Lot 12
  • William Kentridge; Dutch Iris II
  • William Kentridge; Dutch Iris II
  • William Kentridge; Dutch Iris II

Lot Estimate
ZAR 500 000 - 700 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 981 963

About this Item

South African 1955-
Dutch Iris II

signed and numbered A/P II/IV

etching and aquatint in 16 colours on Vélin d'Arches Blanc
image size: 107,5 by 58,5cm; 147,5 by 97 by 3,5cm including frame


William Kentridge has studied printmaking formally since youth and worked closely with some of the world’s leading print makers both within South African and abroad. He has said that he prefers etching to all other processes and his use of a range of etching techniques that include hard ground, soft ground, photogravure and sugarlift, confirm this.
Dutch Iris 2 is a superb example in which the artist reveals his pleasure in the possibility of the medium. Following on from the more subdued colour of Dutch Iris, produced in 1992, he has made extensive use of colours laid on top and alongside one another to build up a soft, velvety richness. The work is all the more remarkable because Kentridge is known to eschew colour in most of his work, with the exception of blue, which is associated with water and with a state of grace or bliss. It is also unusual in his oeuvre in that it is a rare work that does not draw on social or political context but concentrates on the exquisite beauty of a flower.

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