Modern and Contemporary Art: Evening Sale

Live Virtual Auction, 7 November 2023

Evening

Sold for

ZAR 234 500
Lot 18
  • Alexis Preller; Flowers in a Vase
  • Alexis Preller; Flowers in a Vase
  • Alexis Preller; Flowers in a Vase


Lot Estimate
ZAR 200 000 - 300 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 234 500

About this Item

South African 1911-1975
Flowers in a Vase

signed and dated 45

oil on canvas laid down on board
39 by 50cm excluding frame; 81,5 by 88 by 6,5cm including frame

Notes

It could be argued that still life painting dominated Preller’s four-decade career. The genre gave him opportunity to introduce his motifs, establish his intricate visual language, and develop his richly personal African symbolism. Particularly in the early stages of his career, the discipline also honed his drawing skills and heightened his sense of vivid colouring. Vase of Flowers, the present lot, made shortly after the artist’s return from the North African campaign, is a gorgeous and Gauguinesque example using an arrangement of blossoms and leaves as a centrepiece. The presumed study for the painting, made in pencil and pastel, and once in the collection of Norman Eaton, shows the artist’s overriding preference for colour: compared to the drawing, the final work is a riot of purple, turquoise and white against an acidic yellow background. With its range of fleshy pinks and vivid greens, Vase of Flowers recalls Revelation, an arresting and important painting also executed in 1945.

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