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The tradition of black artists in South Africa has, until recently, been neglected. In the last ten years a new art history has developed from a growing awareness of the omissions of the past. At the forefront of this re-assessment is the work of Gerard Sekoto, a crucial figure in the understanding of modern African art. Born at a Lutheran mission station in the Transvaal, Sekoto produced vibrant, powerful, evocative paintings of the inhabitants and events in the townships. In 1947 he made the momentous decision to leave the country of his birth and travel to Paris, and like so many voluntary and involuntary exiles, he was never to return to South Africa. France brought new inspiration and Sekoto re-worked many sujects and explored different themes characterized by a deep sense of humanity. Towards the end of his life, Sekoto's work increasingly gained recognition. Barbar Linop's research brought to light paintings thought to have been lost, and through her correspondence with Sekoto, she was able to confirm details of his life before he died in 1993.
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The art of black South Africans was not only suppressed for many years but nearly lost. Gerard Sekoto (1913^-93) was a gifted painter with a flair for color and pattern and for capturing the vitality of the human figure. His vibrant paintings of life in the many South African towns and cities he called home during the 1930s and 1940s preserve and interpret a vanished world. Sekoto himself vanished from the scene when he chose self-exile in Paris in 1947. There's great irony in this decision. His journey was made possible by his considerable success, but his separation from his home and the subject matter dearest to his heart adversely affected his work. Lindop was able, by dint of strong effort, to locate many of Sekoto's South African paintings, rescuing them from obscurity and making them available to viewers the world over. She also contacted Sekoto late in his life and conducted a sustained correspondence with him, thus preserving his thoughts about his life and powerful work. Donna Seaman
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Book Description Trafalgar Square, 1995. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M185793461X