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    Deon Viljoen
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    Gillian Fraenkel
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    Christine Grant

Christo Coetzee

Paintings from London and Paris 1954-1964

Published by Fernwood Press (Pty) Limited in Cape Town, South Africa .
Written in English.

About the Book

[From the dust jacket.] The aesthetic of abstraction that emerged in European - and particularly French - art during the 1950s and 1960s is receiving renewed critical attention internationally. It is often forgotten that one of South Africa's most celebrated artists of the time, the late Christo Coetzee, was prominent in the French avant-garde. A collection of 49 canvases he painted in London and Paris in this period have recently been brought to South Africa after being stored away by the Parisian art dealer Rodolphe Stadler and by the widow of Coetzee's mentor in London, Anthony Denney.

In bringing these paintings to the public eye for the first time in decades, this book re-evaluates the artist's innovative work from this challenging period of European art. The accompanying essay delves into the forces that shaped Coetzee's art - from his breakthrough years in post war London to the formative influences of Spanish art and culture, and his productive association with French, Italian and Japanese contemporary artists. It illustrates lavishly many of the provocative and imaginative canvases produced by Coetzee between 1954 and 1964m, and includes photographs that contextualise his life and art in these years.

Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Introduction 8
London 1951-1955 10
Paris 1956-1961 20
Postscript 73
Endnotes 76
Bibliography 78
Index 79

Edition Notes

Series Fernwood Art and Artists
Copyright Date 2001

The Physical Object

Format Hardcover
Pagination 79p.
Number of pages 79
Dimensions 24.8 x 25.8 x 1.3 centimeters
Weight 740 grams

ID Numbers

Open Library OL25225208M
ISBN 10 1874950628

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