NOTABLE South African artworks, with Pierneef s A View Through The Trees as a centrepiece, was on offer at the Stephan Welz & Co auction in Sandton on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Estimated to fetch between R500,000 and R600,000, the signed oil on board painting captures the natural beauty of the landscape and reflects the prominent role of trees in the renowned landscape painter’s works, says Stephan Welz’s Natalie Randall. The painting fetched R666,770. Trees had specific symbolic meanings to Pierneef, serving to represent geographic areas and describe the character and atmosphere of a particular area, says the auction house. In this work, measuring 54cm by 37.5cm, trees in the foreground form a frame through which the grassland landscape is seen in.comparative perspective. The work was among about 160 artworks at the auction. Other works Pierneef oil obtains top price at art sale included the Panic Eloff bronze sculpture, Sitting Woman. Only one bronze was cast of this artwork, which was inspired by the Rhine maiden of Wagner’s opera, Der Ring des Nibelungen. It sold for R266,708. Another notable work on auction was an Anton Smit stonecast, The Prophet, which fetched R208,726. Smit began his career as a selftaught artist and achieved his breakthrough in 1979 when he was awarded first place in the Sasol New Signatures.competition. His work has been exhibited locally and internationally, and has been included in private and corporate collections worldwide. Smit portrays and embodies a range of spiritual and mystical ideas around existence and transcendence, says Stephan Welz & Co. “Creation continues incessantly through the medium of man,” says Smit. “Man himself, then, is the mouthpiece, medium and meaning all in one.”