Cecil Skotnes

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SKOTNES Cecil Icon For Makana, On The Island

Bonhams /Mar 20, 2013
22,900.32 - 34,350.48
21,169.80

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Cecil Skotnes - Two Figures, Woven By Tmp Sino

Cecil Skotnes - Two Figures, Woven By Tmp Sino

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Lot number: 165
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Cecil Skotnes (1926) Description: After Cecil Edwin Frans Skotnes Two Figures, woven by TMP Sino woven with the artist's signature; embroided with the serial number 1638 - 1/4 on the hem, signed by the artist, numbered 1638 - 1/6, printed with the weavers name and 'Manufactura de Tape?arias de Portalegre, Portugal' on a label stitched to the reverse hand woven tapestry 119 by 170cm
Cecil Skotnes - White Monday Disaster

Cecil Skotnes - White Monday Disaster

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Lot number: 232
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Cecil Edwin Frans Skotnes WHITE MONDAY DISASTER a portfolio of thirteen woodcuts by Cecil Skotnes with text by Stephen Gray, 1975, with titlepage and preface, edition limited to 125 copies and 25 artist proofs, this set numbered 99/125, each woodcut signed and dated 75 in pencil in the margin, the title-page signed by the artist and poet, in an original linen portfolio cover 1... More Cecil Edwin Frans Skotnes WHITE MONDAY DISASTER a portfolio of thirteen woodcuts by Cecil Skotnes with text by Stephen Gray, 1975, with titlepage and preface, edition limited to 125 copies and 25 artist proofs, this set numbered 99/125, each woodcut signed and dated 75 in pencil in the margin, the title-page signed by the artist and poet, in an original linen portfolio cover 1 sheet size (each approximately): 56 by 74cm good general condition
Cecil Skotnes - Fishing Folk #2

Cecil Skotnes - Fishing Folk #2

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Lot number: 106
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Cecil Edwin Frans Skotnes (South African, 1926-2009) Fishing Folk #2, 1994 oil on panel signed C Skotnes and dated (lower center) 11 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches. Property from the Collection of Cecille Pulitzer, St. Louis, Missouri There are minor abrasions along all edges, most prevalent in the upper right corner; otherwise, this work appears to be in basic good and stable condition. Frame size: 22 1/4 x 26 inches.
Cecil Skotnes - Icon For Makana, On The Island

Cecil Skotnes - Icon For Makana, On The Island

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Lot number: 124
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Cecil Edwin Frans Skotnes (South African, 1926-2009) Icon for Makana, on the island signed 'C.SKOTNES' (lower right) oil on incised panel 99 x 122cm (39 x 48 1/16in). in original artist's frame PROVENANCE: Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, 1997 A private collection, The Netherlands Makanda Nxele, known as "Makana", was a Xhosa prophet and warrior who led an attack against the British at Grahamstown in 1819. He was imprisoned on Robben Island, where he later drowned during an escape attempt. However, his dedication to uniting the Xhosa in the struggle against the British Empire earned him great acclaim and mythic status in subsequent generations, leading to calls by political prisoners in the twentieth century to rename Robben Island "Makana". Skotnes undertook a series of carved panels which together form a visual tribute to the historic leader; Icon for Makana, on the island is a key episode, representing the great warrior's internment on the island. In common with other series (such as his Shaka series) which focus on a single historical or mythic figure, Freida Harmsen asserts that while they may be based on a narrative, "Skotnes does not merely illustrate the text that inspired him; he recreates it" through a combination of "aesthetically principled formalism" and a "psychological, metaphysical, or spiritual message". The polished brass framing of the work – similar to the treatment of many of his other "icons" – provides both an unusual finish, and an additional sense of reverence, to the subject. LITERATURE: F. Harmsen, Cecil Skotnes (Cape Town, 1996), p.32 Bears Goodman Gallery label (verso)
Cecil Skotnes - Abstract Head

Cecil Skotnes - Abstract Head

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Lot number: 396
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Cecil Edwin Frans Skotnes (South African, 1926-2009) Abstract head incised 'C. SKOTNES' (upper right) painting on incised panel 74 x 101cm (29 1/8 x 39 3/4in). PROVENANCE: Acquired from Johans Borman, Cape Town in 2010 by the current owner In 1955, Skotnes began experimenting with wood engraving, a form which would develop into his unique painted wood panels. Esmé Berman refers to them as being part painting, part graphic and part sculpture (given their use of relief effects). The current lot reveals Skotnes' mastery of the technique in its "skillful interplay of line, mass and void [through which he is] able to produce an infinite variety of tones and textures which [lend] modulating colour to the dramatic contrasts of black and white". Heads are of primary importance in Skotnes' oeuvre , and Skotnes refers to the influence of Picasso, as well as the natural forms of the landscape, in their depiction. Frieda Harmsen, in her discussion of Skotnes' ongoing exploration of the aesthetic and affective qualities of the head, suggests that they gain increasing "psychological potency that reinforces their aesthetic formality... they come to reflect all the inherent qualities of the human race. They become visualisations of the archetypes." BIBLIOGRAPHY: E. Berman, Painting in South Africa , (Pretoria, 1993), p.253 F. Harmsen, Cecil Skotnes , (Cape Town, 1996), p.27
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