'The newly weds' signed and dated 'Gladys Mgudlandlu / 1964' (lower right) oil on canvas 56 x 76cm (22 1/16 x 29 15/16in).
PROVENANCE: Acquired directly from the artist by the current owner
LITERATURE: E. Miles, Nomefanekiso, Who Paints at Night: The Art of Gladys Mgudlandlu, (Vlaeberg, 2002), pp.42-43, illustrated plate 41 and back cover
A self-professed "dreamer-imaginist", Gladys Mgudlandlu taught at a school during the day and painted by night. Indigenous Fingo and Xhosa folklore and customs inform much of her work, as do the landscape, birds and flowers of the Eastern Province where she grew up. Elza Miles draws a comparison between the current lot and the pairs of birds that figure in many of Mgudlandlu's landscapes, their togetherness reinforced by a sympathetic environment that seems to arch towards or embrace them. Here, the couple's affection wells up, as if illuminating the world around them.
Mgudlandlu's work intrigued critics, artists and buyers alike, and her exhibitions at the Rodin Gallery in Cape Town and Adler Fielding Galleries in Johannesburg "left an indelible imprint". The photograph from Die Burger included here shows the current lot on exhibition at the Rodin Gallery, which organised an afternoon tea with the artist and several ministers' wives, held on 27 May 1964.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: E. Miles, Nomefanekiso, Who Paints at Night: The Art of Gladys Mgudlandlu, (Vlaeberg, 2002), p. 35, 42-43