Faces & Figures

Selected 20th Century South African Artists

18 May 2019 - 12 April 2020

  • Faces & Figures

Portraiture captures the relationship between sitter and artist in holding the likeness of the sitter. In figurative studies, the artist strives to understand human form and gestures.

Faces and Figures explores the work of the following artists in the mediums of painting, drawing, and sculpture drawn from the Rupert Museum’s permanent collection:
Gerard Bhengu (1910-1990), Irma Stern (1894-1966), Anton van Wouw (1862-1945), George Pemba (1912-2001), Maggie Laubser (18861973), Gerard Sekoto (1913-1993) and Moses Kottler (1896-1977) who all contributed to the South African Modern Art genre.

These are among the most prominent artists of the 20th century and they represent the vast and unequal circumstances affording artistic production of their time. The artists negotiate a spectrum of patrons in public or private spaces, whether the result of creative exploration through township scenes or dictated by an audience, the consumer or a wealthy benefactor.

This exhibition was made possible with the generous loans from:

Ellerman House Collection, Homestead Collection, Iziko South African National Gallery, La Motte Museum, Pretoria Art Museum, University of Pretoria, Sanlam Art Collection, Stellenbosch University Museum, Tatham Art Gallery, WITS Art Museum – Gerard Sekoto Collection and Private Collections.