Apies River, Pretoria, with Meintjeskop beyond signed and dated 'JH Pierneef 1922' (lower left) oil on hessian laid to board 61 x 66cm (24 x 26in).
The present lot was based on sketches made circa 1912, at which time the Union Buildings, which now dominate Meintjeskop, were still under construction. Here we see a rather romantic view of the land, before the intervention of man.
Pierneef painted this view many times, probably most famously as one of the Johannesburg station panels, Apiesrivier, Pretoria (illustrated in Bouman 1951, p.32). Other comparable works include Meintjeskop, 1917, (Johannesburg Art Gallery), Apies River, Pretoria, with Meintjeskop behind, 1948 (Pretoria Art Museum, ref. no.P1513) and Meintjeskop, Pretoria, 1925 (private collection, see Christie's Amsterdam, 24 April 2001, lot 61). A watercolour study for the latter, By die waterpoel was sold at these rooms (9 September 2008, lot 19) and is published in Nel (p.67).
A very similar work, with the same painted arched top, is Meintjeskop, Pretoria, 1921, which is illustrated in Grosskopf (no.56) and can be seen hanging in the artist's studio at his home in Villiera, Pretoria, in a photograph published in Nel (p.60).
BIBLIOGRAPHY: P.G. Nel, JH Pierneef: His life and work, (Cape Town, 1990) A.C. Bouman, Painters of South Africa, (Cape Town, 1951) J.F.W. Grosskopf, Hendrik Pierneef, the man and his work, (Pretoria, 1947)