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Anton van Wouw: The smaller works

Duffey, AE

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Anton van Wouw (1862–1945) is probably the most prominent sculptor of his generation and is regarded as the father of South African sculpture. This Dutch-born artist moved to South Africa at the age of 28 and soon developed a great appreciation of the people and country, which is reflected in the Europe/Africa duality of his art. His monumental works include the Kruger Monument on Church Square in Pretoria, the National Women’s Memorial in Bloemfontein and the Voortrekker woman and children at the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria.
Through his smaller works, however, Van Wouw reached heights of sculptural expression that he seldom attained in his monumental works. These smaller works – apart from their inherent value as treasured works of art, both in South Africa and internationally – gives a historical perspective on the socio-economic and cultural circumstances of South Africa. With his sculptures he has provided us with a visual record of the people of President Kruger’s Pretoria and the magnates and workers of the mining world of early twentieth-century Johannesburg. It is through Van Wouw’s eyes that we see them. Although Van Wouw is probably best known for his portrait sculpture and monuments, this book draws attention to another little-known aspect of his output, namely his architectural sculpture.
Van Wouw’s smaller works are reinterpreted and re-evaluated by the eminent professor A.E. Duffey. Through many years of research Duffey provides an authoratative text of the life and work of this intrigueing figure. The reader can expect useful information and beautiful illustrations on Van Wouw’s work and the collection and appreciation thereof.


Professor A.E. Duffey is head curator of the University of Pretoria's Heritage Collection. His previous publication on Van Wouw, Anton van Wouw 1862?1945 en die Van Wouwhuis, was published in 1981. He is a well-known academic and public speaker.

Additional Information

Publisher Proteaboekhuis
Release date 30 Nov 2000
Skrywer Duffey, AE
Dimensies 240 x 240 x 240 cm
Formaat Hardeband
Bladsye 240
isbn 9781869190811
Genre Kuns

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