African Lady with Flamingos signed and dated 'Preller 40' l.l. oil on board 50.8 x 38.1 cm. (21 x 15 in.)
Following his studies at the Westminster School of Art in 1934 and his first exhibition in 1935, Alexis Preller returned to South Africa from Paris in 1937 dubbed the 'South African Gauguin' by an art critic at the Rand Daily Mail. Gauguin's influence, as well as that of contemporary Irma Stern, is in plain evidence in the above painting.
Preller joined the South African Medical Corps in the same year as completing this painting and vanitas, which becomes his focus following his experiences of war, is yet to be seen.