Storm clouds over the veld signed and dated 'J.H. Pierneef 1940' (lower left) oil on canvas 61 x 77cm (24 x 30 5/16in).
EXHIBITED: Elangeni, J.H. Pierneef and Fanie Eloff joint exhibition, 1941
The present lot can be seen hanging in Pierneef's studio at the above exhibition in a photograph of Pierneef and Eloff published in Nel, 1990, p.93
Like his pencil and watercolour sketches of trees, the artist made countless studies of clouds. Other comparable oil paintings include Karoo landscape with rain clouds (sold at Stephan Welz & Co., Johannesburg, 20 October 2003, lot 314) and Wolke, 1952 (illustrated in Nel, 1990, p.148)
"His mystic towers and castles in the air above the Transvaal landscape are almost legends in themselves, they have become symbolic. They hover over the veld like mountains and bring a dramatic tension to static scenes. At times these heavy cloud masses are highly stylised or they form a stylistic unity with the landscape. On other occasions they acquire almost anthropomorphic traits." (Nel, 1990, p.149)
BIBLIOGRAPHY: P.G. Nel, J.H. Pierneef: His life and work, (Cape Town, 1990)