Alexis Preller (South African, 1911-1975) Surreal Minoan bulls
Lot 386*
Alexis Preller (South African, 1911-1975) Surreal Minoan bulls
Sold for £30,000 (US$ 48,151) inc. premium

Lot Details
Alexis Preller (South African, 1911-1975)
Surreal Minoan bulls
signed 'Preller' and dated '54' (lower right)
oil on canvasboard
52 x 39.3cm (20 1/2 x 15 1/2in).

Footnotes

  • This picture is an example of Preller's preoccupation with metaphysics, metaphors and myths. The influences of El Greco and the still-lifes of Hieronymous Bosch are obvious, and the motifs seen here are almost Surrealist in fashion. A combination of influences are evident: African mythology and ritual, which is seen so often in Preller's early work, and which was inspired by his time camping in Swaziland and the Congo in the 1930s; Dogon art and animism, subject of many 1940s anthropological studies; Greek mythology, which becomes more evident in his 1960s paintings; and his trips to study the murals of Northern Africa and Italy in 1953. This work was completed at the same time as his resulting mural commission for the Receiver of Revenue Building in Johannesburg.

Saleroom notices

  • The medium is canvas laid to board
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