Jean Max Friedrich Welz (South African, 1900-1975)
Abstracted figures signed 'Jean Welz' and dated '59' (lower right) oil on canvas 48 x 68.5 cm. (19 x 27 in.)
Provenance: Purchased at the Lawrence Adler Galleries, Johannesburg, October 1959; Thence by direct descent to the current owner.
Abstracted figures is a fine example of Welz's mature style: "The early Fifties were years in which Welz ventured further from objective realism and toward the realms of mystical abstraction...The late Fifties brought Welz close to absolute abstraction" (Esmé Berman, Art & Artists of South Africa, Cape Town, 1983, pg. 493).