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Lot 40
Irma Stern (South African, 1894-1966) 'Bahora girl'
Sold for £2,372,000 (US$ 3,801,982) inc. premium

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

Footnotes

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

    LITERATURE:
    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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