The South African Sale will take place on Wednesday 12 September at the Bonhams New Bond Street saleroom in London. The sale will feature a strong selection of works from preeminent South African artists Gerard Sekoto, Irma Stern and William Kentridge.
Gerard Sekoto leads the sale with Three school girls that carries an estimate of £120,000-180,000 and Portrait of a man seated, estimated at £100,000-150,000.
The works are typical of Sekoto’s style in showing the vibrancy of daily life in townships; as well as capturing communal tensions that infuse the scenes with a high degree of realism and affect.
Teslaarsdy will be offered with an estimate of £30,000-50,000. Executed in December 1969, the painting depicts a fleeting and poignant moment of intimacy in the vivid landscape of Teslaarsdy, a farming village near Caledon in the Western Cape. The sharp contours and vivid palette of blues and greens are characteristic of the artist’s style and imbue the scene with natural energy and warmth.
One of South Africa’s most renowned living artists, William Kentridge, will also be offered at the South African sale. Drive-in (drawing for ‘Felix in Exile’), estimated at £40,000-60,000, was completed in 1994 and is a distinctive example of the artist’s drawing style – the work combines charcoal, pastel and acrylic to lend a sense of flux that underlies his practice across print, drawing and animated film.
Further highlights from the sale include:
Gerard Sekoto (South African, 1913-1993) Portrait of a Woman, oil on board , estimated at £30,000-50,000
Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (South African, 1886-1957) Cape, oil on canvas, £20,000-30,000
Maud Frances Eyston Sumner (South African, 1902-1985) Village on a lake, oil on canvas, £20,000-30,000