Proteas with sunbird signed and dated 'Krige 81' (lower left) oil on canvas 50.8 x 71.1cm (20 x 28in).
The present lot was most likely painted at Tolbos Farm:
"Friends of the Kriges, the Pienaars, had a farm deep in the Koo Valley and for many years the Kriges were asked to look after the house and dogs and cats for a period in the winter. Tolbos was the perfect place for Krige to work. The farm extended up the slopes of the Langeberg and the property was filled with proteas. The artist would swim in the mornings and then settle down to work...roaming about the farm looking for subjects. The large number of landscapes from Tolbos feature wabooms, fynbos shrubs and the unique proteas of the area...Sugarbirds cling to the flowers against clear winter skies, while the blue, snow-capped Matroosberg and the patchwork green valleys of the Koo fill the background." (Fox 2000, p.96)
LITERATURE: J. Fox, The life and art of Francois Krige, (Vlaeberg, 2000)