Live Auction, 7 October 2019

Sold for

R 364 160
Lot 627
Johannes Meintjes; Figures on a Beach

Lot Estimate
R 300 000 - 400 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
R 364 160
Cape Town Office

About this Item

South African 1923-1980
Figures on a Beach
signed and dated 1958
oil on board
58,5 by 71,5m


Johannes Meintjes’ works were warmly received throughout his career, likely due to their dreamy and romantic qualities. In the 1940s and 50s, he “enjoy[ed] the kind of public adulation which was later reserved for youthful idols of the pop-music world.” 1 In May of 1958, a solo exhibition of the artist was held at the Helen de Leeuw Gallery in Pretoria. A review of the exhibition described the impact of the present lot…

"…his large Figures on a Beach dominates the end wall. It is probably the most accomplished painting on this scale he has yet shown here, bravely and simply planned - black against gold, against red, against blue - all building up into an interesting pattern of strong colour.”

  1. Esmé Berman (1983) Art and Artists of South Africa. Cape Town: Southern Book Publishers. Page 285.
  2. The Art Critic, The Star Newspaper, 14 May 1958.


Mr Jack Baker, London, United Kingdom (formerly of Johannesburg).


Helen de Leeuw Gallery, Johannesburg, 13 to 24 May 1958, catalogue number 30.


JM catalogue number 592.  

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