Gerard Sekoto (South African, 1913-1993) Senegalese women
Lot 392*
Gerard Sekoto (South African, 1913-1993) Senegalese women
Sold for £15,000 (US$ 23,472) inc. premium

Lot Details
Gerard Sekoto (South African, 1913-1993)
Senegalese women
signed and dated 'G SEKOTO 69' (lower right)
oil on board
61.5 x 47cm (24 3/16 x 18 1/2in).

Footnotes

  • Sekoto visited Senegal in 1966-67. While he was there, the South African government revoked his passport, formally enforcing his exile. Despite this traumatic event, Sekoto's Senegal visit proved to be a wellspring of inspiration, as the artist recalls:

    "My looser and freer lines were aroused during my stay in Senegal... the slow, elegant movement of the people was mostly fairylike to me."

    "These are real examples of Senegal women - stately, aristocratic, slender and tall. They walk as though they have no concern at all with their surrounding, yet going on their way to somewhere. This is already being felt from youth. The little girls have by nature that way of being relaxed in the gestures of their limbs, so graceful without even being aware of it." (the artist, as quoted in Lindop, 1988)

    BIBLIOGRAPHY:
    B. Lindop, Gerard Sekoto, (Randburg, 1988), pp.231-232

Saleroom notices

  • The medium is oil on canvas laid to board, and not oil on board as originally catalogued.
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