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A Namibian journey through time

08 January 2020 | Art and Entertainment

Martina von Wentzel; Gallery owner; “… it is a visual journey through Namibia.”

Swakopmund • [email protected]

Art enthusiasts had the opportunity to acquire new, exquisite art pieces from the Fine Art Gallery in Swakopmund, where 100 pieces were exhibited and auctioned on Friday, 3 January.

A myriad artists participated, with Nico Roos providing the most lucrative painting. However, the N$30 000 paid for Roos’ 135 cm x 196 cm semi-abstract oil on canvas painting, was still under the expected price of N$50 000.

The painting, like many others in the auction line-up, depicts a typical Namibian landscape. “The exercise is a visual journey through Namibia and time,” said gallery owner Martina von Wentzel.
The auction was a journey through time, with paintings dating from 1917 featuring.

Hans-Anton Aschenborn’s two pieces depicting Namibian wildlife in nature went unsold – something that surprised Von Wentzel. “It’s surprising because we have received higher offers for the bids we set.”

Both pieces, created using ink, were priced at N$7 000.

Von Wentzel expects that Adolph Jentsch, an artist from the 1900’s, might be overtaken by Johannes Blatt. “He’s the one artist collector’s should start collecting. I think many are already collecting his works. He will be traded at a higher value than Jentsch,” she predicts.

Blatt had one lithography piece on auction dating from 1972.

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