Artists

Irma Stern

Irma Stern

Irma Stern

The Black Arab painting

Irma Stern is one of the essential artists in South Africa. She was born in 1894 and passed away in 1966. She is the most well-known South African artist with an international reputation.

Stern was born to a Jewish and German parent in a village called Schweitzer Renke in Transfer. She began her studies at the Weimer German Language Academy in 1913 and soon became a prolific student. She held the first exhibition of her works in 1917 in Berlin. From Stern to the present day, many valuable pieces have been auctioned. The sale of works worth 34 million euros in Bonhams London (2011). A work worth 26 million and seven hundred thousand euros, and a work worth 13 million euros in 2010. In May 2000, Irma Stern set a record for the first time in her country with a painting worth one million and seven hundred thousand euros.

A painting by the great South African artist, valued at 1 million, was in a kitchen. Irma Stern’s painting “Black Arab,” valued at 1 million, was used as a billboard and notes in a London house’s kitchen.

Irma Stern created this work in 1939. They sold the painting in the 1950s to donate money to the Nelson Mandela Legal Defense Foundation.

Hannah O’Leary, a Bonhams auctioneer, identified the painting in the kitchen of a London home.

“I saw this masterpiece in the kitchen, with its full of letters, postcards and receipts,” she said of her bizarre discovery. Even before I realized its political significance, it was a fascinating discovery for me.

Stern died in 1966, and her home in Cape Town is now a museum. The value of her works is growing at auctions. One of her paintings about Zanzibar sold for و 3.1 million in 2011 at Bonhams, setting a new record.

According to Bonhams, the South African Art Auction director, the painting is one of the most famous and well-known works of art sold in favor of the Mandela Foundation.

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