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Enslin du Plessis; View from Window: Mecklenburgh Square, London
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South African 1894-1978
View from Window: Mecklenburgh Square, London
oil on board
55 by 70.5cm excluding frame

Sold for R 28 000
Including Buyer's Premium and VAT R 31 831

Estimate R 30 000 - 40 000

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If the two original stylistic poles of The London Group were Wyndham Lewis and Walter Sickert, Standerton-born Enslin du Plessis, elected a member of the Group in 1929, was more drawn towards the latter. His agitated surfaces, always showing off his agile brushwork and feathery marks, were more often than not counteracted by the simple rigidity of his composition. Genteel domestic interiors remained a favourite subject, and were dotted with closely observed trinkets and commonplace items. In the present lot, assorted glass bottles and collected ceramics are positioned carefully on the windowsill in front of a quiet, wintry view over Mecklenburgh Square.

Esmé Berman (1983). Art & Artists of South Africa, Cape Town: AA Balkema. A similar example is illustrated on page 120.

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