George Mnyalaza Milwa Pemba (South African, 1912-2001) Girl with wicker basket, Port Elizabeth
Lot 37*
George Mnyalaza Milwa Pemba (South African, 1912-2001) Girl with wicker basket, Port Elizabeth
Sold for £47,500 (US$ 77,618) inc. premium

Lot Details
George Mnyalaza Milwa Pemba (South African, 1912-2001)
Girl with wicker basket, Port Elizabeth
signed and dated 'MM PEMBA 47' (lower left); inscribed 'PORT ELIZABETH feb. '48' (to stretcher verso)
oil on canvas
41 x 35cm (16 1/8 x 13 3/4in).

Footnotes

  • In 1941, Pemba won a bursary from the Bantu Welfare Trust, which allowed him to travel to Cape Town and study under Maurice van Essche. During his time in Cape Town, he met John Mohl and Gerard Sekoto. In 1944, he secured a further grant from the Trust to make a Grand Tour of South Africa; he visited Johannesburg, Durban, rural Natal, Basutoland and Umtata and expressed particular interest in the indigenous cultures and tribal life of the different regions.

    Pemba made many sketches during his travels, and on his return to Port Elizabeth in 1944 he was newly inspired in his subject matter by his experiences. In 1945 he participated in a group exhibition at the Johannesburg Art Gallery, along with Gerard Sekoto and other prominent black artists. In 1948 he held a successful solo exhibition in Port Elizabeth, which marked his decision to resign from formal employment to concentrate on his painting, and also shifted from painting primarily in watercolour to oil. This shift was prompted by the notion that white patrons paid more generously for oils and he was encouraged in this respect by Gerard Sekoto.


    BIBLIOGRAPHY
    S. Hudleston, George Pemba - Against All Odds: His Life and Works, (Johannesburg, 1996)
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