Iconic African artists have during their time did their best to paint the perfect image of Africa, some through their imagination of the bright future that lies ahead of the continent. Other’s brings into perspective their encounters with the amazing countries, cultures, and more, that they have experienced on their journey on the continent.
One of the most spoke about and renowned artists to have come out of Africa, Irma Stern whose works give an intelligent and beautiful overview of the continent gets to be celebrated once more during the Historic, Modern & Contemporary Art at the Gordon Institute of Business Science, Johannesburg on June 17, 2018. The two paintings are offered for £300,000 & £550,000 (R5m –R9m).
Aspire Art Auctions, a South Africa auction house is offering the two ‘fresh to the market’ paintings of Irma Stern which summarizes her visions of Africa as the home and melting pot of cultures. By cultures, she took into considerations different ones from Africa, Europe, Arab and China, the influences these continents and countries have on each other and similarities as well. What is particularly interesting in the one painting is the presence of a Chinese pot and an Arab influenced table cover. The most valuable Stern ever sold, ‘Arab Priest’, bought by the Qatari Government for £ 3,044,000 (US$ 4,109,209) in 2011, also has this mix of elements.”
If you haven’t seen any work of the Irma Stern before, this is the right time to see one and who knows, you might even pick one or the two home.
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