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Lot 324*
Irma Stern
(South African, 1894-1966)
Three ladies
£ 15,000 - 20,000
US$ 19,000 - 25,000

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Lot Details
Irma Stern (South African, 1894-1966)
Three ladies
twice signed and dated 'Irma Stern 1940' (lower left)
gouache
32 x 23.5cm (12 5/8 x 9 1/4in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Cecil Hyman, Israel Minister to South Africa, 1952-1955
    Thence by direct descent to the current owner

    The above painting belongs to a group of works from the late 1930s and early 1940s, when Irma Stern celebrated the beauty of African people in contrast to the feelings she had about events in her native Germany as it came under Nazi rule. Three ladies presents three strikingly beautiful subjects in a combined portrait, rare for its combination of African and Arab subjects together in one work. The use of gouache results in a work of superb liveliness and vigour. Strongly expressive in style, it epitomizes the best of Stern's portraiture at this critical period in her career.

    Born in London, Cecil Hyman (1899-1981), emigrated to Palestine subsequent to his service there as a soldier in the Royal Fusiliers during the First World War. Later he became the manager of Barclays Bank in Jerusalem, following which he was asked by the Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Sharet (later Prime Minister) to join the Foreign Service. In 1951 Hyman was the Economic Counsellor at the Israel Embassy in Washington D.C.; 1952 to 1955 he served as the Israel Minister Plenipotentiary and Envoy Extraordinary to South Africa and 1955 to 1957 as the Israel Consul-General in New York.

    Photo credits:
    1. Cecil Hyman and D.F. Malan, then Prime Minister of South Africa, at a memorial service for Chaim Weizmann, first President of the State of Israel, Pretoria, 16 November 1952
    2. Moshe Sharett, then Israel's first Minister of Foreign Affairs and later second Prime Minister of Israel, inviting Cecil Hyman to join the Foreign Service, Tel Aviv, 1950

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