Fighting gorillas signed with initials 'FK' (upper left) oil on canvas 144.8 x 168.9cm (57 x 66 1/2in).
PROVENANCE: The estate of Fritz Krampe (Laetitia) Helen, Lady Oppenheimer (née Munro-Lucas-Tooth) (b. 1926) The collection of Olga Levinson Thence by direct descent to the current owner
EXHIBITED: Cape Town, South African National Gallery, Commemorative Exhibition, October 1967, no.14
Krampe went to Namibia in the early fifties and painted large canvases in an expressionistic style. He was unconcerned with the settings for his subjects; the action filled the picture. The animals are aggressively defined and the power of their presence is intensified by the very shallow pictorial space they occupy.
Despite the violence of many of his themes, his work is never crude or brutal. After fifteen years in Africa, Krampe travelled to India where he was tragically killed by an elephant.
The above image was also published as a signed, limited edition (of twenty-five) lithograph by Krampe.