Irma Stern (South African, 1894-1966) Lion's Head from Lagoon beach

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Lot 16*
Irma Stern
(South African, 1894-1966)
Lion's Head from Lagoon beach

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Irma Stern (South African, 1894-1966)
Lion's Head from Lagoon beach
signed and dated 'Irma Stern 1938' (lower right)
gouache on paper affixed to board
51.5 x 68.5cm (20 1/4 x 26 15/16in).

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  • Provenance
    A private collection, USA.


    This gouache depicts Lagoon Beach in Milnerton, Cape Town. Stern was drawn to the area as it offered spectacular views of the dramatic mountain range between Table Mountain and Signal Hill. The focal point of this composition is the distinctive peak of Lion's Head in the top right corner.

    The artist was fascinated by water and the challenges that it posed to a painter - the difficulty of capturing it's ever changing and reflective surface. Stern travelled extensively throughout Europe and Africa, and the harbour was always one of her first ports of call.

    Bibliography
    M.Arnold, Irma Stern: A Feast for the Eye, (Cape Town, 1995), p.74.
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