South West African kraal signed 'Pierneef' (lower right) oil on cardboard 19 x 28cm (7 1/2 x 11in).
Pierneef first visited South West Africa in 1923, and again in 1924:
"It is a beautiful country; the desert, the drought, the peculiar translucent quality of the light...This country is individual but interesting to paint. The variety is intense and to do things properly one must stay here a whole year." (the artist, as quoted in Nel 1990, pp.60-61)
BIBLIOGRAPHY: P.G. Nel, JH Pierneef: His life and work (Cape Town, 1990)