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Lucas Tandokwzsi Sithole

(1931 -  1994 ) Wikipedia® : Lucas Tandokwzsi Sithole
SITHOLE Lucas Tandokwzsi South African Day Dreamer

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Oct 16, 2018
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Lucas Tandokwzsi Sithole - South African Unfriendly Woman ('nomadolo')

Lucas Tandokwzsi Sithole - South African Unfriendly Woman ('nomadolo')

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Lucas Sithole SOUTH AFRICAN UNFRIENDLY WOMAN ('NOMADOLO') 1931-1994 signed (on the base) kiaat wood on liquid metal base 43 by 10 by 10cm., 17 by 4 by 4in. (including base) Provenance Gallery 21, Johannesburg Gallery International, Cape Town, 1975 Acquired by the current owner, Cape Town, 1977 Exhibited Johannesburg, Gallery 21 Cape Town, Gallery International, 1975
Lucas Tandokwzsi Sithole - South African Day Dreamer

Lucas Tandokwzsi Sithole - South African Day Dreamer

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Lot number: 83
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Lucas Sithole SOUTH AFRICAN DAY DREAMER 1931-1994 signed (on the base) wild olive wood on liquid steel base 47 by 11.5 by 14cm., 18½ by 4½ by 5½in. (including base); 37 by 7 by 7cm., 14½ by 2¾ by 2¾in. (excluding base) Executed in 1975 Provenance Gallery 21, Johannesburg, 1976 Private Collection, Washington D.C. Acquired from the above estate sale by the present owner
Lucas Tandokwzsi Sithole - No Job

Lucas Tandokwzsi Sithole - No Job

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Lucas Tandokwazi Sithole (South African, 1931-1994) 'No Job' signed 'L.T.SITHOLE' (to base) yarrawood on liquid steel base 158 x 24.5 x 21.5cm (62 3/16 x 9 5/8 x 8 7/16in) including base. Footnotes Provenance Purchased by a private collector at Gallery 21, Johannesburg A private collection, Munich, Germany. No Job is listed on Fernand Haenggi's online catalogue raisonné (www.sithole.com) as LS 8008 .
Lucas Tandokwzsi Sithole - Not Me

Lucas Tandokwzsi Sithole - Not Me

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Lot number: 190
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LUCAS TANDOKWAZI SITHOLE (South African 1931-1994) A SCULPTURE, "Not Me," painted Rhodesian teak wood, signed. Height: 18 5/8" Diameter: 6 1/2 Minor surface wear, but overall in very good condition, wear commensurate with age. Simpson Galleries strongly encourages in-person inspection of items by the bidder. Statements by Simpson Galleries regarding the condition of objects are for guidance only and should not be relied upon as statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty, or assumption of liability by Simpson Galleries. All lots offered are sold "AS IS."
Lucas Tandokwzsi Sithole - Mother And Child

Lucas Tandokwzsi Sithole - Mother And Child

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Lot number: 87
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Lucas Tandokwazi Sithole (South African, 1931-1994)

'Mother and child' ('Madonna and child'), 1978 signed 'L.T.SITHOLE' (to base) tambotie wood 124 x 14 x 21cm (48 13/16 x 5 1/2 x 8 1/4in) (including base).

Provenance Gallery 21, Johannesburg. Private Collection, Munich, 1980. Literature F. Haenggi, Lucas Sithole 1958-1979 (Johannesburg, 1979) LS 7815, p. 233. Born to a Zulu priest and Swazi mother in 1931, Lucas Sithole spent his formative years in Kwa-Thema in the Transvaal. He studied for a year at the Polly Street Art Centre under the instruction of the well-known artist Cecil Skotnes, before establishing his own studio. The present lot was originally commissioned in 1978 for the St. Augustus Anglican Church in Thaba 'Nchu, Lesotho. Sithole's wooden figures draw on Skotnes's teachings, fusing elements of indigenous African sculpture with European art traditions. His elongated Mother and child demonstrates the typical anatomical distortion of much African carving. Historically such figures had been created for ritualistic purposes; they were valued for their spiritual potency, not verisimilitude. However, as art historian E.J. de Jager has commented, the elongation and strong vertical emphasis of Sithole's work is also suggestive of early Gothic art found in the Christian West. Both influences lend his wooden sculptures a sacred aura, "a transcendental quality" enhanced by their polished finish. The undulations of the mother's figure simultaneously catch and reflect the light, whilst communicating her fertility. This woman, through Sithole's art, has been elevated from the quotidian to the universal. She is, of course, the Madonna, motherhood personified. Sithole returned to the mother and child theme a number of times in the late 1960s and early 70s (listed as LS6807, LS6903, LS7003 on the Haenggi Foundation's database). However, the physical proximity of the mother and child's faces, and her tender downcast gaze, make the present lot unique within his oeuvre. The present lot is listed on Fernand Haenggi's online catalogue raisonné (www.sithole.com) as LS 7815. We are grateful to Fernand Haenggi for his assistance in cataloguing this lot. Bibliography F.F. Haenggi, Lucas Sithole 1958-1979: A pictorial review of Africa's major black sculptor, (Johannesburg, 1979) pp. 65, 71, 85. E.J. de Jager, Images of Man: Contemporary South African Black Art and Artists, (Fort Hare, 1992) pp. 120-121.
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