Abstract signed and dated 'Christo Coetzee / 1956' (verso) oil and collage on board 117.5 x 95cm (46 1/4 x 37 3/8in).
PROVENANCE: Anthony Denney collection, acquired directly from the artist A private collection
Renowned photographer, stylist and art collector Anthony Denney was one of Christo Coetzee's greatest supporters and lifelong friends. He first came across the artist's work at the Artists' International Association (AIA) in London, where, for £12, he immediately bought a Coetzee painting, a work which would find itself alongside the likes of Henry Moore and Gerard Richter in Denney's extensive collection. Denney - who invited Coetzee for dinner at his Hammersmith home, and would later rent him a room there - was a major driver behind the artist's landmark exhibition at the Hanover Gallery in 1955. The photographer would go on to collect a number of works from Coetzee's London and Paris periods, including the current lot.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: M. Stevenson and D. Viloen, Christo Coetzee: Paintings from London and Paris, 1954 1964, (Cape Town, 2001), p.12