Gerard Sekoto (South African, 1913-1993) Wash Day
Lot 114*
Gerard Sekoto (South African, 1913-1993) Wash Day 34 x 23.5 cm. (13¼ x 9¼ in.)
Sold for £84,000 (US$ 140,522) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
(n/a) Gerard Sekoto (South African, 1913-1993)
Wash Day
signed 'G. Sekoto' l.l.
oil on canvas
34 x 23.5 cm. (13¼ x 9¼ in.)


  • Provenance:
    The collection of Walter Gostelli (1908-1961);
    Thence by direct descent to the current owner.

    Our Art (Ons Kuns) Vol II,pub. (Pretoria) 1961, pl 5, (illus).
    Bosman, L., Historia vol IX, 1961, pg 289.

    The above work dates from Sekoto's Eastwood period when the artist found new subjects and an artistic vitality away from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town.

    Lindop writes:
    "During 1945-47 Sekoto painted prolifically in Eastwood. These were the 'golden years' of his art. He concentrated on oil paintings, all of which displayed a new found confidence and maturity. His intuitive and acute sense of colour combined with an assured brush stroke charecterize a series of masterful paintings. Eastwaood and its surroundings provided inspiration for these compositions, and there he was able to capture the poignant and transient moments of everyday life".

    We are grateful to Barbara Lindop for her assistance with the preparation of this catalogue entry.

Saleroom notices

  • The above lot is subject to a Temporary Export Permit (no. 80/07/03/009/70) from the South African Heritage Resources Agency. Following the auction (and by 22 June 2007) the work will be returned to South Africa and will be available for collection from Bonham’s appointed agent.
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