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Lot 40
Irma Stern (South African, 1894-1966) 'Bahora girl'
Sold for £2,372,000 (US$ 3,986,905) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Irma Stern (South African, 1894-1966)
'Bahora girl'
signed and dated 'Irma Stern/1945' (upper left)
oil on canvas
87 x 71cm (34 1/4 x 27 15/16in).
within original Zanzibar frame


    Acquired directly from the artist
    Thence by direct descent to the current owner

    I. Stern, Zanzibar, (Pretoria, 1948), illustrated p.31

    "How differently live the Indians. Although also in Purdah their surroundings are gay and colourful...

    "On a swing, all shiny with metal, which was hanging from the ceiling in the middle of the bedroom, I found my young friend, Fatu, the Bahora girl. She was swinging gaily when I entered and asked me: 'Would you like to swing? It is cooler'. Her graceful sari flew up in the gentle breeze. Her deep voice rang: 'Would you honour us to accept a cooling drink?' Her mode of speech was so polite and well formulated. It was a lovely harmony in this young girl, slim and tall, with the gentle movements of a well-bred race. Her eyes were like dark pools, swimming with the glance of tragedy curious in so young a face, yet so common in the eastern woman."(Ibid. p.32)
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