Size:12 x 19" approx.
Executed in Paris1963.
Gouache on paper. F&G.
dated bottom Right. G.SEKOTO 63, this important portrait was executed
in 1963 in the city of Paris where the artist had been living and exhibiting
after immigrating from South Africa in the late 1940's.The artist also
exhibited widely in South Africa and the United States.
In 63, Sekoto sent this particular work via friends to Jean Bernadt in
was well known in artisitic circles and the intention was for her to hang
it in her home whilst trying to find a buyer for the piece amongst her
friends and acquaintances.
It was here that our client saw the work and purchased it from her.
It has been in a private collection in North America since that time.
as one of the pioneers and even, more recently, as the father of South
African art, Sekoto ironically spent most of his productive years in Paris.
He was born on 9 December 1913, at the Lutheran Mission Station in Botshabelo
near Middelburg in the Transvaal. At the age of six or seven, he was drawing
on his brother's slate. He received his first formal art training at the
Diocesan Training College to the west of Pietersburg. Sekoto qualified
as a teacher and began teaching at Khaiso School. During this time he
entered an art competition organised by the Fort Hare University, for
which he was awarded second prize. He subsequently left the teaching profession
in order to concentrate on his art. Preceding his move to France, he lived
in various places, including
Sophiatown, District Six and Eastwood, Pretoria. He drew his inspiration
from his surroundings and depicted a wide range of subjects, ranging from
women talking among themselves to washday scenes and workmen in teams.
works are extremely important for two reasons: They form a documentary
record of places which were later obliterated under the apartheid regime,
and they portray human conditions in a manner which shows the artist's
empathy for human suffering.
Sekoto's life in Paris was one of a struggle to survive. He worked nights
in clubs playing the piano to earn money. He obtained recognition as an
artist through his exhibitions in Paris, Stockholm, Venice, Washington
and Senegal. He was awarded an honorary doctorate at the University of
the Witwatersrand (1989), but was unfortunately unable to claim it personally
due to illness. He died in March 1993 at a retirement home outside Paris.
1939: First on-man exhibit Pretoria.
1948: Overseas Exhibit of SA Art, Tate Gallery Et al.
1952: Van Riebeeck Tercent Exhibition, CT.
1962: Salon d'Automne, Paris.
1966: Rep Fest Exhibition, Pretoria
SA National Gallery, CT; Johannesburg Art Gallery; Pretoria Art Museum; William
Humphreys Gallery, Kimberly; University of Wits Gals; UNISA.
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