Gregoire Johannes Boonzaier (South African, 1909-2005)
Still life with Buddha signed and dated 'Gregoire / 1931' (lower left) oil on canvas 36 x 30.5cm (14 3/16 x 12in).
Boonzaier was fascinated by Eastern culture from an early age, as is evident in the present lot:
"...Gregoire's affinity for Eastern art grew. Even as a ten-year-old he copied with great precision the 'netsuke' and Japanese prints in his father's collection. It can safely be said that Eastern art has influenced Gregoire to a greater measure than is generally granted: particularly as regards the picturesqueness accorded ordinary objects, and in its selectivity and decorative use of form."
BIBLIOGRAPHY: M. Bekker, Gregoire Boonzaier, (Cape Town, 1990), p.76