Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (South African, 1886-1957) Bushveld scene with trees and anthills

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Jacob Hendrik Pierneef
(South African, 1886-1957)
Bushveld scene with trees and anthills

Sold for £ 81,250 (US$ 102,285) inc. premium
Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (South African, 1886-1957)
Bushveld scene with trees and anthills
signed and dated 'J.H.Pierneef.56.' (lower left)
oil on canvas
43 x 58.5cm (16 15/16 x 23 1/16in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Purchased by Dr Theo Rood in South Africa in the 1970s and 80s.
    By descent to the current owner.


    Pierneef was greatly inspired by the bushveld. The trees and shrubs of the sub-tropical woodland offered the artist infinite variety and opportunity for experimentation. He rarely executed entire compositions in situ, preferring to make sketches of individual trees and rock formations, knitting these elements together back in the studio.

    Pierneef's intention was to create harmonious scenes, not naturalistic representations of specific landscapes. Hence the rather general title of the current lot, Bushveld scene with trees and anthills. The spreading branches of the central tree provide an arcing structure to the composition. The balance imbues the scene with a tranquil, lyrical quality. Professor A.C. Bouman has observed of Pierneef's landscapes:

    "If it were aiming at a faithful imitation of the wild semi-tropical bosveld, it would never show such a highly developed and organised order. Pierneef thus tries to perfect nature, but it is an arduous task."

    Bibliography
    Prof. A.C. Bouman, Painters of South Africa, (Pretoria, 1948).
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