William Kentridge's 'Shrouded Figure in a Landscape [Taking in the Landscape]' will be on sale

Fine art auctioneers, Strauss & Co, are hosting an incredible opportunity to purchase some of the finest contemporary South African art on the market today. Taking place on 1 June at Joburg’s Wanderers Club in Illovo, this art auction is a must-attend event for all investors.

With the recent launch of our DECOART pages in print, you’ve been seeing a lot more art news, reviews and inspiring events here at elledecoration.co.za. Not content with attending the latest exhibitions and teaching you how to make the most of art in your home, we’re now delighted to bring you a small preview of the delights awaiting art lovers at the upcoming Strauss & Co. art sale in Johannesburg.

Strauss & Co’s next art auction, which takes place in at The Wanderers Club on 1 June 2015, showcases several exciting works of art by South African and international artists of stature – including Kees van Dongen, Alexander Calder, Francis Bacon, Pablo Picasso, Irma Stern, JH Pierneef, William Kentridge, Jane Alexander, Robert Hodgins, Penny Siopis, Deborah Bell, Walter Oltman and Athi-Patra Ruga.

Amongst the enticing lot, Strauss & Co. have given us a glimpse of just three of the showstopping pieces that will be up for auction in just over a week’s time…


1) William Kentridge

Unique works by William Kentridge are attracting serious collectors. Shrouded Figure in a Landscape [Taking in the Landscape] (estimate: R2 000 000-R3 000 000) is a large scale drawing which explores themes of work and mass communication in the context of Highveld landscapes which Kentridge began rendering in charcoal and pastel in the late 1980s and includes numerous familiar images such as the man in the dinner suit and bow-tie, the blank billboard and the draped figure in the foreground.

William Kentridge Shrouded Figure in a Landscape [Taking in the Landscape] Strauss & Co

Lot 258 | William Joseph Kentridge | South African 1955- | Shrouded Figure in a Landscape [Taking in the Landscape] | signed and dated ’90
Chalk pastel and charcoal | 106 by 128,5cm | R2 000 000-R3 000 000


2) Kees Van Dongen

Dutch artist Kees van Dongen, one of the leading avant-garde artists of the 20th century, heads the international section with a compelling portrait of his beloved daughter. Dolly au collier d’argent (estimate: R3 500 000-R4 500 000) embodies the artist’s love of colour and exudes an air of luminosity. The brilliant colour and expressive brushwork situate this work on the cusp of Fauvism and the Expressionism of his later works, developed after he was sought out by and joined the ranks of Die Brücke, gaining considerable fame in Germany.

Kees Van Dongen Dolly au collier d’argent Strauss & Co

Lot 211 | Kees van Dongen | Dutch (1877-1968) | Dolly au collier d’argent
Signed; signed on the stretcher | Oil on canvas | 62,5 by 45cm | R3 500 000-R4 500 000


3) Jane Alexander

One of the most highly regarded artists in South Africa, Jane Alexander won the prestigious Standard Bank Award the year after Serviceman (estimate: R600 000-R900 000) was produced. Described in the accompanying catalogue by Ivor Powell as ‘a creature of utility’, this rare work presents a life-size, wide-eyed adolescent dressed in worker’s clothing. ‘Serviceman transcends its reference, creating a universalising image of the human emptied of humanity that is memorable and chilling’, says Powell.

Jane Alexander Serviceman Strauss & Co

Lot 263 | Jane Alexander | South African 1959- | Serviceman
Signed, dated April 1994, inscribed with the title and ‘XIT Exhibition’ on the right back pocket; engraved with the title on a plaque adhered to the base | mixed media and plaster | height: 164,5cm, including base | R 600 000 – R 900 000

Want to know more?

Important South African and International Art Auction

On View:
Friday 29 May to Sunday 31 May from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday 31 May at 11am

Monday 1 June 2015 at 4pm

The Wanderers Club, Illovo
Ballroom, 21 North Street, Illovo, Johannesburg
GPS Co-ordinates: S 26 08.123 E 28 03.454

011 728 8246 | straussart.co.za | 079 407 5140

Strauss & Co.