Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (South African, 1886-1957) Rustenburg Kloof
Lot 41*
Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (South African, 1886-1957) Rustenburg Kloof
£40,000 - 60,000
US$ 67,000 - 100,000
Lot Details
Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (South African, 1886-1957)
Rustenburg Kloof
signed 'JH Pierneef' (lower right), bears inscription 'RUSTENBURG KLOOF PALETNES(?) KUNSWERK / Geskilder vir die familie Henning' [Painted for the Henning family] (to stretcher verso)
oil on canvas
35.5 x 46cm (14 x 18 1/8in).

Footnotes

  • Rustenburg Kloof is one of the most iconic sites in Pierneef's oeuvre. As Esmé Berman points out, it was "Pierneef's habit to return repeatedly to subjects that especially attracted him", including Rustenburg Kloof, which featured in his famous mural composition for the Johannesburg Station, completed during 1931-2. The current lot is an impressionistic rendering typical of the artist's early work.

    Many studies by the artist of this subject may also be found in the collection of the Pretoria Art Museum, most notably a 26.6 x 37.4 cm pencil drawing of the same title dated 1939 and acquired from the artist's daughter Marita Pierneef.

    A similar composition, also titled Rustenburg Kloof, sold at Stephen Welz & Co., Johannesburg, 8 May 2000, lot 699.

    BIBLIOGRAPHY:
    E. Berman, Painting in South Africa, (Pretoria,1993), p.48
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