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Wolf Kibel

Poland (1903 -  1938 )
KIBEL Wolf Portrait Of The Artist's Son

Strauss Co.
Mar 16, 2015
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Wolf Kibel - Portrait Of The Artist's Son

Wolf Kibel - Portrait Of The Artist's Son

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Lot number: 561
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Wolf Kibel Portrait of the Artist's Son oil on canvas 53 by 41cm
Exhibited:
South African National Gallery, Cape Town, and Pretoria Art Museum, Wolf Kibel Retrospective, 1976, catalogue number 32
Literature:
Freda Kibel. (1961) Our Art 2: Wolf Kibel, Pretoria: Foundation for Education, Science and Technology. Page 68 and illustrated on page 69, number III.This work blends interest in the personality of the sitter with a rich play of colour and texture. Paint is used vigorously to create restless texture throughout the painting except in the face, which is smooth. This surrounding texture, which reaches its peak in the shirt, serves to create a restless mood echoing the inner tension of the sitter, so well disguised by the apparent, almost haughty calmness of his facial expression, a calmness further heightened by the comparative smoothness with which the face itself is painted.A.C. Bouman. (1955) Painters of South Africa, Cape Town: HAUM h/a J. H. De Bussy. Page 133, illustrated. The \‘Portrait of His Son\’\’ is as much a revelling in paint and colour as it is the loving representation of an intelligent and nervous child.F.L. Alexander. (1962) Art in South Africa: Painting Sculpture and Graphic Work since 1900. Cape Town: AA Balkema. Page 48 and illustrated in colour on page 49.
Wolf Kibel - Russian Wedding

Wolf Kibel - Russian Wedding

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Lot number: 13
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Wolf Kibel (Polish, 1903-1938)

'Russian Wedding' and 'Galuth'

watercolour

14 x 25 (5 1/2 x 9 13/16); 13.5 x 24 (5 5/16 x 9 7/16). (2)

Footnotes

Provenance

The private collection of Mrs Gertude Shapiro.

Thence by descent to the present owner.

Exhibited

Cape Town, South African National Gallery,

Wolf Kibel Retrospective,

September 1976, nos 69 & 70.
Wolf Kibel - Seated Nude With Towel; Seated Nude In An Interior

Wolf Kibel - Seated Nude With Towel; Seated Nude In An Interior

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Lot number: 21
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Wolf Kibel (Polish, 1903-1938)
Seated nude with towel (recto); Seated nude inan interior (verso)
oil on canvas
21.5 x 19cm (8 7/16 x 7 1/2in).
PROVENANCE: With the Wolpe Gallery, Cape Town Acquired from the above by the current owner A similar work, Nude , is illustrated in E. Berman, Artand Artists of South Africa , (Cape Town, 1983), p.233. Kibel went to South Africa, via a circuitous route, as a refugee in1929. For most of his adult life he was affected by tuberculosis,which was exacerbated by terrible living conditions and poverty. Hereceived a great deal of critical abuse at his first South Africanexhibition in 1931, yet he persevered and became close to severalimportant South African artists of the day. IMPORTANT NOTICE: The South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) has declaredthis lot a work of national importance and has declined a permitfor its export. Therefore it is not subject to VAT on either thehammer price or the buyer's premium. It will be available forviewing at the Everard Read Gallery in Johannesburg, RSA, and willbe available for collection from our Johannesburg offices. Pleasecontact the department for further information.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: The South AfricanHeritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) has declared this lot a work ofnational importance and has declined a permit for its export.Therefore it is not subject to VAT on either the hammer price orthe buyer's premium. It will be available for viewing inJohannesburg, RSA, and will be available for collection from ourJohannesburg offices. Please contact the department for furtherinformation.
Wolf Kibel - Garden Of Eden

Wolf Kibel - Garden Of Eden

Original 1926
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Lot number: 11
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Garden of Eden
signed 'W. KIBEL' and dated '26' (lower right)
watercolour heightened with bodycolour
25

x 52cm

(9 13/16

x 20 1/2in).
Tel: +44 (0) 1666 502 200
Footnote:
Romance and myth surrounds the life of Wolf Kibel, but sadly thehard facts are cruel and unforgiving.
Kibel was born near Warsaw and came from a artistic and musicalfamily who had been cantors for generations. His father died whenKibel was only eight and the young child was apprenticed to apursemaker in an attempt to supplement the family's meagreincome.
Sadly he was dismissed for day-dreaming and in 1923 he fled toVienna where he suffered extreme privations; he was half starvedand slept in parks with only the bodies of other tramps for warmth.It was these experiences that not only permanently undermined hishealth but also embued his work with a grim poignancy.
The above work showing the first couple at the 'Fall' is alive withpathos. The roots of the tree are highly wrought with tension andthe figures, defined in Kible's nervous lines are charged withemotion. The whole being embued with the artist's lyricalcolour.
Here the true painter speaks. However much the man may be hauntedby oppressive emotions, the artist, in the very representation ofthe moment of Adam's betrayal still produces a work that isleavened with happiness.
Kibel died of tuberculosis in Cape Town in 1933.
Wolf Kibel - Interior Scene With Figures

Wolf Kibel - Interior Scene With Figures

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Lot number: 22
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Wolf Kibel (Polish, 1903-1938)
Interior scene with figures
watercolour
13.5 x 25cm (5 5/16 x 9 13/16in).
PROVENANCE: With the Wolpe Gallery, Cape Town Acquired from the above by the current owner IMPORTANT NOTICE: The South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) has declaredthis lot a work of national importance and has declined a permitfor its export. Therefore it is not subject to VAT on either thehammer price or the buyer's premium. It will be available forviewing at the Everard Read Gallery in Johannesburg, RSA, and willbe available for collection from our Johannesburg offices. Pleasecontact the department for further information.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: The South AfricanHeritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) has declared this lot a work ofnational importance and has declined a permit for its export.Therefore it is not subject to VAT on either the hammer price orthe buyer's premium. It will be available for viewing inJohannesburg, RSA, and will be available for collection from ourJohannesburg offices. Please contact the department for furtherinformation.
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