Gerard Sekoto (South African, 1913-1993) Congolese Maid

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Lot 16
Gerard Sekoto
(South African, 1913-1993)
Congolese Maid

Sold for £ 62,500 (US$ 79,066) inc. premium
Gerard Sekoto (South African, 1913-1993)
Congolese Maid
signed 'G SEKOTO' (lower right)
oil on canvas
60 x 49cm (23 5/8 x 19 5/16in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Purchased by the present owner at Boddington Art Gallery, Johannesburg, in 1972.


    This painting was most likely executed in the early 1960s, colloquially referred to as Sekoto's 'Blue Head' period. He produced a number of these portraits in blue and black paint, picking out the areas of high relief - cheekbones, the ridge of the nose, the forehead - in white. The artist later revealed that he selected these colours because they allowed him to create stronger contrasts than if he used a more naturalistic palette:

    "The poster colours I used were thick, but could be diluted very thin, almost like water colours when needed. But seeing they were thus thick, I took advantage and used them almost as oil...the reason for my using the blue was merely because I chose it and that it was sufficiently strong to contrast with warmer colours. Also I could make it into various tones with white and could vary other colours with it. Yet I just felt it dominant to use for the positive expressions of my heads" (Gerard Sekoto in a letter to Barbara Lindop, 6 May 1986)

    Bibliography
    B. Lindop, Gerard Sekoto, (Randburg, 1988), p.212.
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