Press Office

Strauss & Co's distinguished Zanzibari Arab

  9 March 2012     Archived

Following the record breaking sale last year of Irma Stern's Two Arabs, Strauss & Co previews its June sale of South African and International Art by announcing this star lot by Irma Stern from her celebrated Zanzibari series.

ⁱThe most distinguished Arab – “the truly wise and religious father” – is dressed in a pure white robe with a white turban around his white skull cap’. ¹
Purchased directly from the artist by the present owner over 70 years ago, Arab has been in the same family since and has never before appeared on the market. It was executed in 1939 during Stern’s first visit to Zanzibar and is still in its original Zanzibar frame.

¹Irma Stern, ‘Zanzibar’, van Schaik, Pretoria 1948, p12

Media enquiries
Bina Genovese / 083 680 9944

Irma Stern
signed and dated 1939, in the original Zanzibar frame
oil on canvas
66,5 by 64,5cm
R7 000 000 – 9000 000

2012 Press Archive

 Return to Press Office