George Milwa Mnyaluza Pemba (South African, 1912-2001) 'In Quest of Beauty' (Abstract)

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Lot 4
George Milwa Mnyaluza Pemba
(South African, 1912-2001)
'In Quest of Beauty' (Abstract)

Sold for £ 21,312 (US$ 27,867) inc. premium
George Milwa Mnyaluza Pemba (South African, 1912-2001)
'In Quest of Beauty' (Abstract)
twice signed and dated 'MM Pemba / 53' (upper right and vertically along right margin); inscribed with title (verso)
oil on board
33.5 x 25.5cm (13 3/16 x 10 1/16in).

Footnotes

  • George Pemba lived and painted in the South African city of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. Widely known as an important artist who documented black South Africans during Apartheid, the present lot is a rare example of his relatively unknown experimentation into abstraction. For a brief period, Pemba was clearly influenced by the cubist movement and specifically with artists such as Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso. In Quest of Beauty is a wonderful example of this with the wild geometric patterns and vivid colour palette.

    Bibliography
    B. Feinberg & H.Proud (eds), George Milwa Mnyaluza Pemba: Retrospective Exhibition, (Cape Town, 1996), p.69.
    S. Hudleston, Against All Odds: George Pemba, his life and works, (Johannesburg, 1996), p.86.
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