Willem Hermanus Coetzer (South African, 1900-1983)
Still life with bottles signed and dated 'WH Coetzer 64' (lower left) oil on canvasboard 41 x 51cm (16 1/8 x 20 1/16in).
"Coetzer places conscious emphasis on the effects of various geometrical elements of composition in achieving a sense of action, distance, or repose. These elements are, however, always cloaked in meticulous pictorial detail; they are introduced to serve the narrative rather than to please the eye."
Better known for his epic compositions of Afrikanerdom, Coetzer preferred to keep his still-lifes for his private satisfaction, and as such, very few are in the possession of private collectors outside his own family.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: M. Berman, Art and Artists of South Africa, (Cape Town, 1983), pp. 102-103