"The witch", 1970 - Sandstone - 045x025x031 cm
Private Coll., Cape Town
Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg
Private Coll., Johannesburg - 1973
Gallery 21, Johannesburg - 1972 - ZAR 1200
Gallery 101, Johannesburg - 1968 (original state)
Work on auction:
Stephan Welz & Co., Cape Town - 4th June, 2013 - Lot 530 - realised ZAR784'000
Stephan Welz & Co., Cape Town - 4th June, 2013 - cat. pp. 51, 90
Lucas SITHOLE 1958-1979 - ISBN 0 620 03982 5 - p. 81
Work documented on Youtube:
Documentary "Lucas Sithole, sculptor"
produced and directed by Richard Harvey in 1968/1970.
The 12' documentary can be seen on
Lucas SITHOLE is explaining his work which relates to his life around him, supported by music composed by Professor Alan Solomon. Included are a number of views from the solo exhibition held at Gallery 101, Johannesburg, on 5th October, 1970, including LS7001 Original state, at pos. 8'00".
In our files are photos of the following stages of this sculpture:
Original State from 1968 as exhibited at Gallery 101, Johannesburg, 1968
and on 5th October, 1970
Final version now recorded as LS7001, exhibited at Gallery 21 in 1972 and 1973 respectively.
Originally recorded as HP1259
Comments by Marilyn Martin as recorded in auction data 2013
"Between 1973 and 1977 SITHOLE executed a number of works in sandstone (Fat Head, 1973) and Cape Mountain stone (Horse's Head and Understanding, 1977). When he chooses, the artist is equally at home working in stone and he allows the material to dictate the form: simple heads of people and animals, deeply and gently modelled with volumes that flow imperceptibly from one to another, creating an effect of great calm and repose."
"The relationship between convex and concave, between dark and light in The Witch is pronounced to add to the mystery of the subject. She is, however, not a fearful creature but one who succumbs to SITHOLE's vision of the world."
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