Montagu burgher signed 'Krige' and dated '75' (lower right) oil on canvas 66 x 50.8cm (26 x 20in).
A similar work, Absalom, is illustrated in J. Fox, The life and art of Francois Krige (Vlaeberg, 2000, pg. 122).
"In his portraits Krige has a penetrating intimacy and he depicts a calmness - even sanctity - in his sitters, who are almost always seated meditatively alone, never in a group. His studies of facial expressions give an implicit narrative and psychological dimension...Absolam, for that matter, seems to have just finished commenting on something betraying an understanding between him and the painter that Krige does not seem to have achieved with many of his sitters" (Ibid, pgs. 100 & 135).