Gregoire Johannes Boonzaier (South African, 1909-2005)
'Houses in Pink and Grey', Johannesburg signed and dated 'Gregoire / 1957' (lower right); inscribed 'JOHANNESBURG' (to frame verso) oil on board 44.5 x 35cm (17 1/2 x 13 3/4in).
PROVENANCE: With the Helen de Leeuw Gallery, Johannesburg, 1957 A private collection
LITERATURE: M. Bekker, Gregoire Boonzaier, (Cape Town, 1990), illustrated p.39
The above work belongs to the rare group of works painted in the late 1950s and early 1960s in which the artist drew on the influence of Georges Braque and the cubist movement. In his monograph Bekker states:
"Gregoire was a pioneer of cubist abstraction in South Africa. In this he was inspired by Georges Braque, a cubist whose poetic character and subdued palette are closer to Gregoire's approach than, for instance, Picasso's. Braque's influence is present in some of Gregoire's still lifes and in his decorative cubist representations of African scenes."