Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (South African, 1886-1957) 'Ausberg, S.W.A.'

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Lot 8*
Jacob Hendrik Pierneef
(South African, 1886-1957)
'Ausberg, S.W.A.'

Sold for £ 16,250 (US$ 20,528) inc. premium
Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (South African, 1886-1957)
'Ausberg, S.W.A.'
signed and dated 'Pierneef 1924' (lower right); inscribed 'Aus berge Suid Wes' (verso)
oil on board
29.5 x 46cm (11 5/8 x 18 1/8in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Acquired by the current owner's grandmother, late 1920s.

    On the insistence of his friends, Pierneef visited South West Africa (now Namibia) in March 1923. He held an exhibition in Windhoek in June 1923, and a second more successful show in 1924. It was during the second visit that he painted the present lot.

    The heat of this region necessitated painting in the early morning or after sunset. At these times the desert is filled with a clear light. Pierneef was intoxicated by its effect:

    "It is a beautiful country, the desert, the drought, the peculiar translucent quality of the light. This country is individual but interesting to paint. The variety is intense and to do it properly one must stay here a whole year."

    Bibliography
    P.G. Nel, J.H. Pierneef: His life and work, Cape Town, 1990, pp.62-64.
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