European stylistic influence on early twentieth century South African painters

Mannering, Hildegard Kirsten (1996) European stylistic influence on early twentieth century South African painters. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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Abstract

South African artists, d i ssatisfied with the staid environment in local circles, felt the need to travel abroad for fresh stimulation. This need allowed for a historical investigation into the results, beneficial or otherwise, of the influence of European modernism on early twentieth century South African painters. Because of the numerous practising artists in South Africa at the time, it was found necessary to give cohesion to the artists discussed and, therefore the most pertinent were grouped into artistic movements. Thus, H.Naude, R . G. Goodman and H.S. Caldecott are discussed in conjunction with Impressionism. B. Everard, R. Everard-Haden and J.H. Pierneef are compared to the post-Impressionists and finally, I.Stern and M. Laubser are equated with the Fauves and Expressionists. To ascertain the true effect of European stylistic influence, a comparative analysis of work executed before European visits and upon the artists' return was imperative. Simultaneously, as part of the analysis, reference was also made to any work executed by these artists while in Europe. European movements of the period are also reviewed, enabling precise grouping and better understanding of t he styles adopted by the chosen group of early twentieth century South African artists. Some attention is given to the impact these artists had on South African art upon their return, as this confirms the degree of European influence and facilitates the classification of styles adopted by the selected group. In conclusion, to establish the extent to which European art was influential, a brief synopsis shows the changes in local groups, once these artists had re-established themselves in South Africa.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Art, South Africa, Painters, European influences
Subjects:N Fine Arts > ND Painting
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Fine Art
ID Code:3779
Deposited By: Mrs Carol Perold
Deposited On:23 Oct 2012 13:03
Last Modified:23 Oct 2012 13:03
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