Garden at Montagu from the artist's bathroom signed 'Krige' (lower left) oil on canvas 66 x 77cm (26 x 30 5/16in).
PROVENANCE: Acquired directly from the artist by the current owner
"Since at least the Middle Ages the image of an enclosed garden has been a recurring motif in Western art, bringing with it the notion of refuge from the outside world and positing the idea of tamed nature as a harmonious realm. Krige engages with this tradition which probably found its greatest exponent in Monet...Both artists threw themselves into the cultivation of gardens and took to painting these and the produce they harvested...
"Particularly in the last decade of the artist's life, the Montague garden became one of his chief inspirations and the paintings form an important, sustained thematic legacy...From this studio he painted the views in different directions: Long Street, his home seen through the trees, the museum, the neighbour's orchard and his own apricot trees."
LITERATURE: J. Fox, The life and art of Francois Krige, (Vlaeberg, 2000), p.92