Live Auction, 7 October 2019

Sold for

R 1 479 400
Lot 606
Jacob Hendrik Pierneef; A View Through the Trees

Lot Estimate
R 800 000 - 1 200 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
R 1 479 400

About this Item

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


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.

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