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Modern and Contemporary African Art

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Irma Stern
1894 - 1966
NUNS OF SACRÉ-COEUR

Provenance

Joe Wolpe, Cape Town
Die Kunskamer, Cape Town
Private Collection

Catalogue Note

The present lot may have been painted during Stern's visit to France in 1950, and bears a resemblance stylistically and in subject matter to Le Jour du Sacré Coeur in the collection of the Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein (Marion Arnold, Irma Stern: A feast for the eye, Cape Town, 1993, illustrated p.40). On 5th September that year she wrote to her close friend Freda Feldman describing the itinerary for her European trip, 'Madeira, Lisbon, Madrid, Monaco, Venice, Geneva, Paris, London'. It is likely the 'Sacré-Cœur' of the title refers to the mid-summer Feast of the Sacred Heart, as portrayed in the Oliewenhuis painting, rather than the Sacré-Cœur church in Paris. Stern was perhaps happiest in the south of France, her visit to Paris being a practical stop on her way to London, 'to see the exhibition the Vierge dans l'art français and to get my money from the French government for a picture bought two years ago for their gallery'.

Modern and Contemporary African Art

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London