A PORTRAIT OF FANIE IN THE KRIGE ORCHARD
93 by 71cm
R300 000 – R500 000
authenticated on the reverse by Sylvia Krige (the artist’s widow) and Suzanne Fox (the artist’s sister) on 26 March 2000 oil on canvas
This very fine portrait depicts Fanie working as a gardener in the Krige apricot orchard, with Montagu’s Long Street in the background. Many folk of the Montagu district sat for Krige and the 1970s and 80s saw a great flowering of portraits. Krige’s work has a penetrating intimacy and he depicts a calmness – even sanctity – in his subjects, who are almost always pictured meditatively alone. These qualities are particularly evident in ‘A PORTRAIT OF FANIE IN THE KRIGE ORCHARD’, painted towards the end of the artist’s life. Fanie sat for Krige many times and recurs in both
drawings and oils over an extended period.