Rarely seen Prellers form part of remarkable trove going under the hammer

A career-spanning selection of paintings made by Alexis Preller between 1935 and 1975, some held in major collections and many unseen for decades, will go under the hammer at Strauss & Co’s forthcoming auction in Johannesburg. “What an array of ways of working!” enthused Professor Karel Nel, a respected artist and noted Preller expert, during a recent lecture on Preller. The lecture, which was hosted by Strauss & Co, offered an insight into the biographical context and outstanding aesthetic attributes of the ten Preller lots on offer. The lots, which have a combined high estimate value of R18 770 000, affirm Preller’s canonical status. “Preller, along with Walter Battiss, helped shift the pendulum of South African art from Cape Town to Johannesburg”, says Nel. The two artists however differed greatly in style and technique. Influenced by Picasso,

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