Originally Posted by artbyjune
Love the sketches, Brian. The charcoal figures especially! I'd love to see examples of the art of the expressionist duo you mentioned. Looks like very interesting artwork!
Well, let me do so in two posts. As I mentioned, there are interesting parallels between the two. Both spent time in Germany (where they in fact met) and came under the influence of German expressionism. Both eventually returned to South Africa, where, in a very conservative society, their work was initially met with blank incomprehension and derision, but eventually became successful.
Irma Stern (1894 - 1966) became known for her very rich use of colour, and thick, juicy brush strokes. I have seen some of her work in the original, and reproductions cannot quite do it justice.
Still life with Anthuriums:
Still life with Bignonia:
Her still life paintings frequently featured flowers and fruits from her own garden.
She was also known for her taste for the exotic, and traveled a lot to destinations in Africa and Arabia.
Two Arabs (notice my avatar pic?
She did not do all that many landscapes, but the better ones are a joy to the senses: