Pierneef

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By kind permission of the Transnet Foundation, the well-known Pierneef Johannesburg Railway Station panels are now on view at the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch.

In 1929 Pierneef was commissioned by the South African Railways to produce thirty-two panels to be displayed in the concourse of the then new Park Station in Johannesburg. On 26 November 1932 the panels were unveiled.

The 32 panels are displayed in one of the halls with special lighting effects that bring out the pure force of Pierneef’s landscapes with his use of colour, brushstrokes, uniform levels and geometrical style. One can see how Pierneef was able to copy the atmosphere so unique to the varied parts of the country and yet not lose the association between the panels. In addition to the panels, a short film is shown depicting Pierneef’s life and artistic work.