Repatriated Stern painting to sell for millions

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Strauss and Co

05/23/2016 11:34:00

Portrait of Freda Feldman in Basuto Hat to be auctioned in Johannesburg on 23 May 2016
Portrait of Freda Feldman in Basuto Hat to be auctioned in Johannesburg on 23 May 2016

Portrait of Freda Feldman in Basuto Hat, expected to fetch R5-7 million will go under the hammer at the Strauss & Co auction in Joburg this evening.

It was repatriated from Australia to be sold by Strauss & Co. This work provides insights into the enduring friendship between the artist and Feldman, and is accompanied by the Basotho hat worn by the sitter who, like Stern, was known for her individualistic style.

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Strauss & Co senior art specialist, Emma Bedford, says of this work: “It reveals their common interest not just in fashion and stylish hats and clothes, but also their shared passion for African culture and their ingenuity in forging an aesthetic that draws on both African and European inspiration.”

Strauss & Co has sold the seven highest-priced Stern paintings in South Africa, and set the South African record for a work by Irma Stern – also the record for a work of art sold at auction in South Africa – when Two Arabs sold for R21 166 000 in 2011.

The sale comprises high quality artworks by top South African and international artists and is expected to achieve a total of over R40 million.

Strauss & Co, Evening Sale,
Monday 23 May 2016 at 8pm,
The Wanderer’s Club, Johannesburg.

www.straussart.co.za

Bina Genovese
Joint MD – Strauss & Co
083 680 9944 / bina@straussart.co.za

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