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Record sales at our historic home base since 2015

Yesteryear Coetzee's works fetched record prices and investment values keep growing. 

The Macareina

The famous Macareina was painted in Spain and recently sold for R1,8 million to a major art collector. It fetched the highest price ever at the Christo Coetzee Museum and Gallery for a work by the master. The Macareina (as the title is spelled by the painter on the work itself) left a serious emptiness on our gallery walls and in our hearts at CCG, but, unlike most of the grander works by the artist, The Macareina did not leave the RSA and remains ‘at home’ at an undisclosed location.

The Spanish Bride

Size: 1210 X 1810mm
Medium: Mixed media and collage on board with perspex overlay
Price: R,2 million 

The Spanish Bride is one of many artworks by Coetzee within which he explored the bridal maiden as a symbol representing the eternal quest for understanding matters such as balance and loyalty, love, promise, fertility - scrutinizing with avant-garde aplomb its contradictions like wisdom versus naïveté, all around the woman as cosmic coach awaiting the spark to guarantee eternal life, living the journey from maiden to motherhood. Coetzee interpreted the bridal metaphor in an endless variety of perspectives – each enhanced by his knowledge of many cultures, languages, myths and philiosophical iconography.  The artist’s fascination with brides started at the age of five when he was a pageboy at a grand wedding. From that day on he painted brides right up until his death in 2000.  

Christo Coetzee as a pageboy at his sister's wedding. The event had a profound impact on the artist.

"Die bruid kyk met ‘n aristokratiese blik op ons twee af – die oë sag en vol deernis, amper te moederlik vir ‘n maagdelike wese. Die lang, slanke nek met die string pêrels is bleek, weerloos teen die somberbruin agtergrond en omgewe in ‘n ligte waas van silwerwit kant. Die mond effens oop en so sensueel soos ‘n perskebloeisel. Haar hooftooisel is ‘n dramatiese vlegwerk van die tradisionele wit sluier onder met, op perspeks daaroor geverf en geplak, ‘n assemblage van rose en verfstrepe wat verstrik soos slangslierte daarin konkel. 

Die bruidsuitrusting op die onderste verfvlak is kalm, rein en met tye amper naturalisties, al is die proporsies soos dié van El Greco verleng om die bruid se elegansie en sensualiteit uit te lig. Maar op die deursigtige plaat perspeks wat oor die hele doekvlak strek, woel dit lewendig van onontsyferbare tekens en bewegings. ‘n Soort algebra speel daarop uit, in wit en bruin en rooi, vervleg tussen sirkels en piramiedes, rose en maskeragtige sketse, alles oorweldig deur ‘n netwerk van stippellyne, skaakbordvlakke en kleurkolle. 

Die hande van die bruid, met die ruiker van ligroos rose, is terselfdertyd elegant en broos, groot en sterk. Alles is ambivalent, oral is teenoorgesteldes subtiel versoen tot ‘n statige en gebalanseerde geheel. Die kunswerk is ‘n ongewone saamsmelt van elemente, en dit nooi ‘n mens as’t ware uit om al nader te staan, om in te kyk na wat daar als is, daaraan te raak, te voel. Maar so sensueel en uitlokkend as wat die skildery is, bly die wese van die vrou onaantasbaar." 

- 'n Uittreksel uit 'n ongepubliseerde roman, "Die Bliksem", waarin die skildery Die Spaanse Bruid" as karakter figureer. Die verhaal ontgin verder hoe Coetzee die bruidsmetafoor regdeur sy lewe as simbool interpreteer in terme van "trou", belofte, geloof, teenstrydigheid,vrugbaarheid, wysheid, waagmoed, die diepgang van maagd na moeder en ander perspektiewe met veel meer verskillende volksgelowe omtrent die rol van die vrou, en meer. 

Coetzee kon vele tale praat en het wyd oor die aardbol gewoon en gewerk, en het derhalwe voortdurend nuwe invalshoeke rondom die bruidsimbool ontdek en ontgin.

"Einstein Bride 1992"

Size: 1200 X 1200mm
Medium:  Oil on board

“Einstein Bride 1992” recently left our shores for Germany. This work encapsulates many of Coetzee’s techniques and creative philosophy while exploring Einstein’s concepts of relativity or simultaneous vision with multi-perspective. It also demonstrates the artist’s belief in quick rendition to capture the essence of a thought while using any materials at one’s immediate disposal - giving renewed meaning to apparently inferior objects. The artwork encourages the onlooker to approach life’s questions from more than one platform - challenging the usual views and prescribed perspectives, daring him to find his own point of view.



Other works recently sold at the gallery:

Sixties collage with cat

Size: 285 X 350mm
Medium:  Collage

Head/Kop Profile 90-74

Size:  430 X 830mm
Medium: Mixed Media on Paper

Woven 76-18

Size:  520 X 660mm
Medium:  Mixed Media on Paper

Finestrat Head 86-69

Size: 450 X 560mm 
Medium: Mixed Media on Board

Red Collage 1965

Size:  285 X 350mm
Medium:  Collage

Twilight 80-70

Size:  630 X 510mm
Medium:  Mixed Media on Paper

Christo Coetzee Gallery & Museum 2017