Freida Lock (South African, 1902-1962) Fourth beach, Clifton
Lot 55
Freida Lock (South African, 1902-1962) Fourth beach, Clifton
Sold for £96,000 (US$ 161,192) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Freida Lock (South African, 1902-1962)
Fourth beach, Clifton
signed and dated 'Freida Lock 50' (lower left)
oil on canvas
53 x 53cm (20 7/8 x 20 7/8in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Sale, Ashbey's Galleries, Cape Town


    In the mid 1930s, on the advice of Gregoire Boonzaier, Freida Lock studied in London at Heatherley's School of Art and then at the Central School of Art. She returned to South Africa and became a founder of the 'New Group' in 1938.

    This group was dedicated to raising artistic standards, facilitating artistic expression and improving the marketing of their works at sale. It was a great success, and for fifteen years it organised successful exhibitions and fostered enviable standards of work. But by 1953 dissent was prevalent among its members and the grouping disbanded. Gregoire Boonzaier said at that time:

    "It is not presumptuous to state that virtually every prominent artist owes his or her position today largely to the 'New Group', and that younger artists owe a debt of gratitude to the members of that courageous group of artists who made art history in South Africa during these few years."

    Lock, through her founding of the 'New Group' was very much at the centre of the artistic community in Cape Town, and her house at 71 Bree Street was used by Maurice van Essche as a school for life classes that attracted artists such as Lippy Lipschitz, Gregoire Boonzaier and Cecil Higgs.

    The Clifton suburb of Cape Town is fortunate to be blessed with four sandy coves, these are separated by large granite boulders and have a wonderful pure white granitic sand. Fourth Beach is the largest and arguably the most popular and glamorous. Justice Albie Sachs and poet Ingrid Jonker both grew up in the area, and were teenagers in 1950, when this painting was executed.


    IMPORTANT NOTICE:
    The South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) has declared this lot a work of national importance and has declined a permit for its export. Therefore it is not subject to VAT on either the hammer price or the buyer's premium. It will be available for viewing at the Everard Read Gallery in Johannesburg, RSA, and will be available for collection from our Johannesburg offices. Please contact the department for further information.

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  • IMPORTANT NOTICE: The South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) has declared this lot a work of national importance and has declined a permit for its export. Therefore it is not subject to VAT on either the hammer price or the buyer's premium. It will be available for viewing at Gallery Momo, Johannesburg, RSA, and payment and collection should be made through our Johannesburg offices. Please contact the department for further information.
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