Port in the Seychelles signed and dated 'Pierneef 54' (lower left) oil on board 35.5 x 45.5cm (14 x 17 15/16in).
PROVENANCE: Sale, Stephan Welz & Co. in association with Sotheby's, Johannesburg, 12 November 2001, lot 573
In August 1954, following the completion of a difficult commission of a large painting of Pretoria, Pierneef and May went to the Seychelles for three months to relax, fish, and paint a different type of scenery from the bushveld he was used to. However, he was dissatisfied by the countryside, and turned his attention to architecture instead, admitting in a letter to his friends, the Lion-Cachets:
"The Seychelles has disappointed me a little as far as landscape is concerned, everything is very green, apart from the few little bulls and cows!"
The present lot recalls several of Pierneef's earlier colourful port scenes in Aden, Zanzibar, Mombasa and Dar-es-Salaam, notably Zanzibar-bootjies, 1937 (illustrated in Nel 1990 p.152-3).
BIBLIOGRAPHY: P.G. Nel, JH Pierneef: His life and work, (Cape Town, 1990)