Figures in a metaphysical landscape signed and dated 'C SKOTNES. 86' (lower left) painting on incised panel 121.9 x 243.9cm (48 x 96in).
PROVENANCE: The Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, 1986 A private collection
EXHIBITED: The Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, Works by Cecil & John Skotnes, 1986
In 1982 Skotnes visited Jerusalem, and following this trip he embarked on a series titled Judean Walls; these works incorporated figures in a mystical setting. Skotnes then worked on and evolved this theme to produce a later group of incised paintings called Figures in a Metaphysical Landscape.
Frieda Harmsen says of these works in her monograph: "Large tragic nudes and monumental heads also reappeared. They had become visceral, touching deeply inward feelings. Sometimes the figures literally appeared to be cut open, disemboweled, the emotions themselves spilling out in a scream of pain and anguish."
BIBLIOGRAPHY: F. Harmsen, Cecil Skotnes, (Cape Town, 1996)