Absa Gallery to showcase old masters and young break-out talent at Hilton Arts Festival

Anton van Wouw 'The Skapu Player' Bronze

Anton van Wouw’s ‘The Skapu Player’.

Two of South Africa’s proudest artistic exports – JH Pierneef and Anton van Wouw – will come under the spotlight at this year’s Hilton Arts Festival, which takes place on the Hilton College campus from September 13 and 15, when Absa features a sample of some of their leading work from its corporate collection. Continue reading

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Raise your hat as important Stern comes home

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Portrait of Freda Feldman in Basotho Hat by Irma Stern.

STRAUSS & Co’s next auction, which takes place on Monday, May 23, in Johannesburg, will include the sale of a museum piece by South Africa’s most celebrated female artist, Irma Stern.

This painting has come all the way from Australia and is titled, Portrait of Freda Feldman in Basotho Hat.

The sitter, Freda Feldman, was a very close friend of the artist and there are many interesting stories to disclose about their close friendship, their fettish for hats and more.

Strauss & Co have estimated that the painting – which is signed and dated 1943 and is accompanied by the Basuto hat (mokorotlo) worn by the sitter – should sell between R5 and 7 million. Continue reading