Tree tulips signed and dated 'Irma Stern / 1955' (lower left) oil on canvas 73 x 56.5cm (28 3/4 x 22 1/4in).
PROVENANCE: Acquired directly from the 1956 exhibition by Constance Pels van Cleef Thence by descent to the current owner
EXHIBITED: Cape Town, South African Association of Arts, March 1956, no.20
The tree tulip is otherwise know as the Japanese magnolia (Magnolia liliiflora). Magnolias were a much favoured subject of the artist and she included them in many of her still lifes throughout her career.
In his review for the Cape Times of 31st March 1956 Matthys Bokhorst commented on the above work:
"Three works in this show I should like to mention especially...secondly a noble still life, 'Tree Tulips' (20) in delicate colours and such a light play of the twigs that reminds one of the Japanese."