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Mmakgabo Mmapula Helen Sebidi; The Traditional Lovers
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Lot 377

South African 1943-
The Traditional Lovers
signed; signed, dated 2013/14 and inscribed with the title on the reverse
oil on canvas
115,5 by 66,5cm, unframed

Sold for R 220 000
Including Buyer's Premium and VAT R 250 096

Estimate R 150 000 - 200 000


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A beneficiary of a Fulbright scholarship, and the winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award in 1989, Helen Sebidi is best known for her dazzling surfaces built up in globular, high-relief impasto. The present example shows tender, intertwined lovers, lost in each other’s gaze, surrounded on all sides by an expanse of water, but seemingly joyful and safe. More often than not drawing on traditional rural life and mythology, Sebidi’s work was recently and prominently represented at South Africa: The Art of a Nation at the British Museum in London.



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