no image
Lot 43*
Irma Stern (South African, 1894-1966) Still life with roses and apples
£200,000 - 300,000
US$ 330,000 - 500,000
Auction Details
Lot Details
Irma Stern (South African, 1894-1966)
Still life with roses and apples
signed and dated 'Irma Stern 1944' (upper right)
oil on canvas
61 x 61cm (24 x 24in).
within the original artist's frame


    Sotheby's, London, Topographical Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings and Prints, 23 November 1995, lot 239
    A private collection

    Stern's still lifes are perhaps some of the most vibrant and allegorical pieces in her oeuvre. This image addresses the ideas of love and passion, which are reflected by the free flowing motion of the composition and the sensuous reality of the work. The juxtaposition of the flowers and apples relates to the modernist formalism expounded in Cezanne's still lifes and to older traditions established by the seventeenth century realists who depicted food stuffs. Stern's ability to make an apple seem so tempting, and to produce roses so crisp and scented, is unmatched for its time on a local scale, and can indeed compete with acclaimed artists on an international scale.

    M. Arnold, Irma Stern: A Feast for the Eye, (Stellenbosch, 1995), pp.128, 130
Lot symbols
  1. Hannah O'Leary
    Specialist - South African Art
    101 New Bond Street
    London, W1S 1SR
    United Kingdom
    Work +44 207 468 8213
    FaxFax: +44 20 7468 5839
Similar items
no image no image no image no image no image Irma Stern (South African, 1894-1966) 'Zanzibar Woman' within original Zanzibar frame