Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (South African, 1886-1957) Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch
Lot 6*
Jacob Hendrik Pierneef
(South African, 1886-1957)
Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch
£40,000 - 60,000
US$ 53,000 - 79,000

Lot Details
Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (South African, 1886-1957) Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch
Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (South African, 1886-1957)
Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch
signed and dated 'Pierneef 1921' (lower left)
oil on canvas
41 x 56cm (16 1/8 x 22 1/16in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Acquired by Sir Robert Kotze, mining engineer and director of De Beers, circa 1940.
    By descent to the current owner.


    At the same time as pursuing a full time career as an artist, Pierneef was actively involved in the development of Afrikaans culture. In the early 1920s, he was appointed vice-president of the Afrikaanse Kultuurvereniging en Toneelskool (the association of Afrikaans culture and theatre). In 1921, Pierneef exhibited in Stellenbosch under the auspices of the Afrikaanse Vereniging. Many of the works displayed were landscapes of the surrounding environs painted earlier that year. The exhibition was popular with the public and critics alike. The star of the show was composition titled Jonkershoek in die aand (Jonkershoek in the evening).

    The painting had been inspired by a visit to the valley just before sunset. Pierneef was captivated by the beauty of the scene. He recalled in a later interview:

    "The air was a wonderful dusky gold and deep in the gorge the warm-dark tints glowed. I just sat there with my hands under my chin and looked. I sat and looked and did not move. And in a few hours I completed that painting." (Die tentoonstelling van Pierneef, Die Burger, 1921-04-12)

    Also executed in 1921, the current lot was no doubt similarly inspired by this evening visit. The painterly technique and naturalistic colour palette are characteristic of Pierneef's early style. Later renditions of the scene, such as Farm Jonkershoek with Twin Peaks Beyond, Stellenbosch (1928), show the artist to have moved away from Impressionist techniques to a more stylized and linear aesthetic.

    Bibliography
    P.G. Nel, JH Pierneef: His life and his work, (Cape Town, 1990), pp.52-57.
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