Gerard Sekoto - From the Paris Studio
Gerard Sekoto died in Paris on 20 March 1993. In 2000 the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology donated the contents of his studio to the Iziko South African National Gallery. This exhibition consists of a small but choice selection of works on paper and a display of memorabilia. A number of drawings in the exhibition provide fascinating insights into Sekoto’s working methods. One example is the Study for The Donkey Cart, dated 1946, which is a study for the oil painting. The sketch captures the essence of the scene in a few brilliant strokes. A comparison with the final painting shows a number of detailed changes, all of which result in a more taut composition and is evidence of the care and attention Sekoto devoted to the work. Similar examples in the exhibition are the Study for Bernard, the artist’s brother asleep, dated 1945, and the Study for Two Friends, a pencil drawing of 1940.
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