Live Virtual Auction, 8 June 2022

About the Session
Irma Stern: Time | Line is a single-artist sale of 140 lots devoted to this illustrious artist. The lots on offer range from oil paintings, watercolours, drawings, etchings, ceramics and books and are presented chronologically, featuring works made in every decade from 1920 until the artist’s death in 1966.
 
The auction includes 124 artworks from the Irma Stern Trust Collection. Proceeds from the sale of these works will benefit the Irma Stern Trust Collection, housed in the much-loved Irma Stern Museum in Cape Town. Income derived from the sale will strengthen the Irma Stern Trust Collection for the future by preserving the core collection and making it accessible by developing the existing Irma Stern Trust website into an important research resource. 

Sold for

ZAR 125 180
Lot 8
  • Irma Stern; Man in a Fez
  • Irma Stern; Man in a Fez
  • Irma Stern; Man in a Fez
  • Irma Stern; Man in a Fez
  • Irma Stern; Man in a Fez


Lot Estimate
ZAR 20 000 - 30 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
ZAR 125 180

About this Item

South African 1894-1966
Man in a Fez
signed and dated 1921
ink on paper
34 by 21,5cm excluding frame; 45 by 33,5 by 2,5cm including frame

Notes

A century ago, on the 7 February 1922, Irma Stern opened her first solo exhibition in South Africa at Ashbey’s Art Galleries in Cape Town. Prior to it’s opening, according to collector DC Boonzaier, (who himself had heard the rumour from the sculptor Moses Kottler), two policemen were reported to have visited to check if the works were in fact not “indecent”. The exhibition was greeted with mixed reviews that revealed both the conservative tastes of the South African public as well as the desire for the European avant-garde that Stern’s brand of
expressionism represented. Despite the polarising opinions, the show succeeded in sparking the interest of gallery goers as reported by the Cape Times; “As a ‘draw’ to the public no show of pictures has ever succeeded like the exhibition by Irma Stern now on view at Ashbey’s Galleries. There is a constant stream of visitors throughout the day, and once at least during the lunch hour the crowd was so great that waiting queues had to be formed”.1
1. Karel Schoeman (1994) Irma Stern: The Early Years, 1894-1993, Cape Town: South African Library, page 73.

Provenance

The Irma Stern Trust Collection, accession number 712.


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