South African Art, Jewellery and Decorative Arts

Live Auction, 8 October 2012

Session 3

Sold for

ZAR 13 368
Lot 521
  • Christo Coetzee; Gutai Painting

Lot Estimate
ZAR 15 000 - 20 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 13 368

About this Item

South African 1929-2000
Gutai Painting

signed, dated 78, numbered 63, inscribed with the title and 'Tulbagh, Cape, SA'

mixed media on paper
51 by 64cm excluding frame


Christo Coetzee was based in Paris from 1956 to 1961. It was there that he met members of the Gutai group, the most influential artistic movement in post-war Japan and among the most important international avant-garde movements of the 1950s and ‘60s. 'Gutai', meaning 'embodiment', derives from the Japanese words for 'tool' and 'body'. During a year spent in Japan in 1959 he explored shared interests in the performative aspects of art. The influence of Japanese calligraphy is also evident in the increasing elegance of his lines and brushwork.

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