Anton van Wouw (South African, 1862-1945) 'The Art Student' 32cm (12 5/8in) high

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Lot 501
Anton van Wouw
(South African, 1862-1945)
'The Art Student' 32cm (12 5/8in) high

Sold for £ 97,250 (US$ 123,183) inc. premium
Anton van Wouw (South African, 1862-1945)
'The Art Student'
signed, inscribed and dated 'A. van Wouw / Pretoria 1902' (to chest verso); inscribed 'G. Nisini fuse-Roma' (to base)
bronze
32cm (12 5/8in) high

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Purchased by Mr. Mauritz Meyers, Johannesburg
    Thence by descent to the current owner

    EXHIBITED:
    South Africa, Rembrandt van Rijn Foundation touring exhibition, Pierneef Van Wouw; paintings and sculptures by two South African Masters, 1980-81, no. 42, illustrated p.17

    LITERATURE:
    A.E. Duffey, Anton van Wouw: The Smaller Works, (Pretoria, 2008), another edition illustrated pp. 33-35

    The present lot depicts George E. Gordon Leith (1885–1965) whilst a student to van Wouw. Leith was born in Knysna and his family moved to Pretoria in 1889. From the ages of fourteen to sixteen he was drawing and modelling under van Wouw's guidance and through this he made the acquaintance of many artists including J.H. Pierneef, Fanie Eloff and Frans Oerder.

    Gordon Leith was later to become an eminent architect working in the classical tradition established by Sir Herbert Baker.

    "On his lap he has a rectangular drawing board on which a large eraser can be seen on the right at the top and the drawing paper is placed at an angle. In front the drawing board rests on a single thin leg, which is placed on the base of the small sculpture, between the boots of the boy. The boy wears an overcoat and bends forward, with full concentration, over his drawing board, which he draws against his stomach with his left arm. Even in this early small sculpture one becomes aware of van Wouw's obsession with fine detail such as the pocket knife behind the boy on the wooden box, the loose hanging straps of the overcoat, the cross-threaded shoelaces and the grain of the wooden box."

    BIBLIOGRAPHY:
    A. E. Duffey, Anton van Wouw: The Smaller Works, (Pretoria, 2008), p. 33

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