Icarus signed and dated 'A Preller '52' (lower left) oil on canvas 50.8 x 40.6cm (20 x 16in).
PROVENANCE: Acquired directly from the artist in Pretoria, circa 1957 A private collection
The present lot presages the later series Icarus I, II & III; these were large format oils painted between 1971 and 1972 and exhibited in the Alexis Preller retrospective in Pretoria in 1972 (cat. no. 190, 191 & 192).
The work gives an interesting insight into Preller's working methods and shows that he would happily revisit a composition or subject many years after its initial inspiration.