Modern and Contemporary Art: Evening Sale

Live Virtual Auction, 7 November 2023


Sold for

ZAR 111 388
Lot 5
  • Moses Tladi; Rocky Outcrop
  • Moses Tladi; Rocky Outcrop
  • Moses Tladi; Rocky Outcrop

Lot Estimate
ZAR 100 000 - 150 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 111 388

About this Item

South African 1903-1959
Rocky Outcrop
oil on board
34 by 41cm excluding frame; 44 by 51,5 by 3cm including frame


Enigmatic, talented, gentle, and for too long overlooked, Moses Tladi, one of the earliest black landscape painters working in a Western tradition, produced a small and enchanting body of work, characterised by lonely hillocks, flowering trees, shaded valleys, neat dwellings, and quiet skies. The scumbled surfaces of his paintings, their evocative and golden light, their offbeat colour combinations, and their mood of rural charm, brought him interwar acclaim, and he
became the first black artist to exhibit at the South African National Gallery in Cape Town in 1931. While his reputation sunk into obscurity after his death in 1959, a major travelling retrospective of his work, appropriately titled Moses Tladi Unearthed, has brought his vivid and weighty landscapes back into the public imagination.

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