Francois Krige (South African, 1913-1994) Krisjan
Lot 95*
Francois Krige (South African, 1913-1994) Krisjan
Sold for £25,000 (US$ 41,995) inc. premium
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Francois Krige (South African, 1913-1994)
Krisjan
signed and indistinctly dated 'Krige' (lower right)
oil on composition board
50.2 x 65.8cm (19 3/4 x 25 7/8in).

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  • "In this small village oasis Krisjan is painted as the emblem of a broken humanity. The folds in his face are pages blackened by history, marked in a foreign tongue. Krisjan is King Lear. His majesty and his massive presence fill the cloth. Krisjan is a deposed ruler seen through the eyes of Rembrandt. He comes from a long way away down the ages. Then Francois Krige paints Krisjan as Montagu knows him: a hang-about, bum, drifter, beggar, sleeping wherever the alcohol closes in upon him in rain or in sun, the sad nomad with filthy rags twisted around the head, an oversized and shapeless and torn overcoat, all his belongings in the one bag slung across his shoulder."

    BIBLIOGRAPHY:
    B. Breytenbach, Dog Heart
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