Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (South African, 1886-1957) Highveld Storm
Lot 19*
Jacob Hendrik Pierneef
(South African, 1886-1957)
Highveld Storm
Sold for £98,500 (US$ 131,767) inc. premium

Lot Details
Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (South African, 1886-1957)
Highveld Storm
signed 'J.H. Pierneef' (lower right)
oil on board
41 x 56cm (16 1/8 x 22 1/16in).

Footnotes

  • The focus of Highveld Storm is not the landscape; it is undoubtedly Pierneef's vast cumulonimbus clouds, which hang over the purple mountains threatening to burst at any moment. Like his pencil and watercolour sketches of trees, the artist made countless studies of clouds. Other comparable oil paintings include Karoo landscape with rain clouds (sold at Stephan Welz & Co., Johannesburg, 20 October 2003, lot 314) and Wolke, 1952 (illustrated in Nel, p.148).

    "His mystic towers and castles in the air above the Transvaal landscape are almost legends in themselves, they have become symbolic. They hover over the veld like mountains and bring a dramatic tension to static scenes. At times these heavy cloud masses are highly stylised or they form a stylistic unity with the landscape. On other occasions they acquire almost anthropomorphic traits." (Nel, p.149)


    Bibliography
    P.G. Nel, J.H. Pierneef: His life and work, (Cape Town, 1990), pp.148-9.
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