Pieter Willem Frederick Wenning (South African, 1873-1921)
The White Farmhouse oil on board 45 x 61 cm. (17¾ x 24 in.)
Provenance: Ernest Lezard; The collection of Walter Gostelli (1908-1961); Thence by direct descent to the current owner.
Bibliography: Boonzaier, G. & Lipshitz, L., Wenning, pub. (Cape Town, Unie-Volkspers) 1949, pl.77 (illust). Bosman, L., Historia vol IV, 1961, pg 291.
Pieter Wenning was born in 1873 in The Hague and lived and worked in South Africa from 1905, he died in 1921 in Pretoria
Wenning was the first South African artist to inspire a school of painting that fused his early admiration for "The Hague school" with his peotic response to the South African landscape. This "Cape Impressionism" was to become a highly influential style that was talken up by many artists such as Gregoire Boonzaier, Terence McCaw, Robert Broadley and many others.
It was during his first visit to the Cape in 1916 that Wenning found his talent as a landscape painter. The landscapes are distinctive in their colour and construction and his bold use of colour accents and black outlines keep the surfaces alive, the use of the green pigment accent found in the above work was unique to Wenning's work.
This work is oil on canvas, and not oil on board as previously catalogued.