Trees with kopje beyond signed 'Pierneef' (lower left) oil on canvas laid to board 45.5 x 61cm (17 15/16 x 24in).
Deeply inspired by the South African landscape, Pierneef's work is characterised by harmonious compositions underpinned by an architectonic sensibility. In the present lot, a sun-bleached kopje balances the trees etched against the surface of the picture plane. Pastel tones of pink and mauve, green and ochre lend a softness and expansiveness to the work as a whole. For Pierneef, "harmony and light are complete beauty..."
BIBLIOGRAPHY: P.G. Nel, JH Pierneef: His life and his work (Cape Town, 1990), p.116