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The second half of the 20th century was characterised by rich political and cultural
complexities. 1945 saw the end of World War II, a bloody war that shook the West’s
confidence in its values while in South Africa policies of racial exclusion resulted
in increased isolation. South African artists, working during this time, needed
to negotiate these social circumstances and many artists used their art to reflect
the stifling political climate. Styles were numerous and varied, and while the artistic
landscape included traces of the influences from previous periods, many artists
took their cue from international, post-war movements, such as Abstract Expressionism
and Colour Field Painting - prioritising form over content.
Please browse through the list below for examples
of significant quality works from this peroid.
Portway, Douglas Owen (1922 - 1993)
"The Red and Mauve"
Oil on Canvas
121.5 x 121.7cm
Signed: "Portway" (Lower/Left)
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