JURGEN SCHADEBERG (GERMAN / SOUTH AFRICAN 1931-2020)
signed and dated Jurgen Schadeberg / 1970 (on the reverse)
mixed media on board
65 x 81.28 cm (25 1/2 x 32 in)
Private collection of family member of Leon Kossoff, London
Jurgen Schadeberg is known as the ‘Father of South African Photography’. His images of Nelson Mandela on Robben Island and emerging political figures are among the most important documents in South Africa's recent history.
However, little is known of Schadeburg as a painter, but from 1970-72 whilst living in Spain, he paused his photographic practice to concentrate on his first love - painting. To our knowledge, this is the only work of its type from the artist's important oeuvre to ever come to market.
The current owner was fortunate enough to swap correspondence between Schadeberg and his wife Claudia prior to his death. The wonderful and subtle mixed media of oils and fibreglass was well remembered by the artist. Whilst ostensibly abstract, the artist noted that subject matter was in fact based on a line of fish hanging in the sun, which he saw fishermen doing in the little village of Los Boliches.
This work represents a rare and important part of this artist's history, who had a profound impact on the visual development of South African Art.
Estimated at £1,500 - £2,500