Cecil Edwin Frans Skotnes (South African, 1926-2009)
'Judean Wall' bears Goodman Gallery label (verso) painting on incised panel 79 x 120cm (31 1/8 x 47 1/4in).
Motivated by his visit to Jerusalem in 1982, Skotnes commenced a series of work entitled Judean Walls. Seeking to achieve the "ideal of painting spiritual landscape", the artist focused on infusing the pictorial elements of form, shape, and pattern with a sense of light and atmosphere. Frieda Harmsen has referred to the figures depicted as "large tragic nudes" with "monumental heads", set in a mystical setting and suffused with a tangible sense of emotion. From these important works, Skotnes would develop his Figure in a Metaphysical Landscape paintings.
A comparable work from the Judean Walls series is illustrated in Harmsen, 1996 (p.49)
BIBLIOGRAPHY F. Harmsen, Cecil Skotnes, (Cape Town, 1996)