Dusk, South-West Africa signed and dated 'Pierneef 25' (lower right) oil on board 30.5 x 46cm (12 x 18 1/8in).
After many exhortations from friends and artistic colleagues, Pierneef first visited South West Africa (now Namibia) in March 1923. He held an exhibition in Windhoek in June 1923 and then a second more successful show in 1924 during his second visit.
The SWA heat necessitated painting either in the early morning or early evening, and the desert with its clear light and vibrant colours filled the artist with creative joy.
Pierneef wrote at the time: "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 it properly one must stay here a whole year."
BIBLIOGRAPHY: P.G. Nel, J H Pierneef: His life and work, (Cape Town, 1990)