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Lot 606

South African 1886-1957
A View Through the Trees
signed and dated 31
oil on paper laid down on board
50,5 by 63cm

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Painted in 1931, in the midst of the Station Panel commission, the present lot bears the hallmarks of Pierneef’s most popular period of production.

This is evidenced by the masterful employment of monumental natural forms as pictorial devices: towering stone pines that lend both structure to and frame the scene.

Compositionally, this work shares many structural similarities with Table Mountain, (one of his best-known Station Panels) through rhythmic receding undulations of the landscape and the colonnade of statuesque pines in the foreground.

Painted at dusk, the artist demonstrates his virtuosity with atmospheric recession and perspective in subtle tones and hues from an elevated point of observation.

The glimmering sky, painted with a flickering brushwork in tones of pink and yellow, alongside coastal mountains rendered in characteristic pinks and mauves, contrasts against the cool, calm expanse of modulated sea.

This painting is a timeless marriage of the elements in unified harmony.



Estimate: R 800 000 - 1 200 000 

Sold for R 1 300 000
Which is R 1 479 400 incl Buyer's Premium and VAT


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