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Krige Francois

Krige Francois

FRANCOIS  KRIGE  ( 1913  -  1994)

 

Born in 1913 in Uniondale, Cape Province.

Studied:  Michaelis School, CT under HV Meyerowitz; 1934-37: in Spain; under Vasquez Diaz; Opsomer School, Antwerp; mural painting in Florence.

FRANCOIS  KRIGE  ( 1913  -  1994)

 

Born in 1913 in Uniondale, Cape Province.

Studied:  Michaelis School, CT under HV Meyerowitz; 1934-37: in Spain; under Vasquez Diaz; Opsomer School, Antwerp; mural painting in Florence.

Exhibitions:  1936; Empire Exibition,Jhb. 1948; Overseas Exib of SA Art,Tate Gallery. 1952;Van Riebeeck Tercent Exhibition,Cape Town. Venice Biennale. 1960; Second Quad of SA Art. 1966; Republic Festival Exhibition,Pta. 1978/9; SA Graphic Art , touring West Germany. Infrequent one-man exhibitions. 

Public Collections: SA National Gallery,CT; Jhb Art Gallery; Durban Art Gallery; William Humphreys Gallery,Kimberley; AC White Gallery,Bfnt; Africana Museum, Jhb; Hester Rupert Museum,Graaff-Reinet; Rembrandt Foundation, Pta Art Museum.

Summary Biography:  A brother of the celebrated writer, Uys Krige. Sponsored by Victor Kark to study in Spain; illustrated Uys Krige’s book ‘ Sol y Sombra’ with his Spanish drawings. 1937: returned to SA , became a member of the New Group. 1940-45 : Official War Artist with SA forces in N Africa and Italy. Frequent working trips to SWA. 1949: awarded Medal of Honour of SA Akademie.

Francois Krige was regarded in his youth as a Golden Boy of SA painting. He was one of several promising members of the New Group who experienced similar premature acclaim: each of these painters stepped into the limelight and one by one they receded from the ranks of the creative avant-garde. Krige’s was undoubtedly an able talent; his draughtsmanship was both sensitive and powerful, his painting fresh and unfettered by academic clichés. But somehow the two aspects of his craft did not quite fuse into a convincing whole: the linear emphasis of his drawing conflicted with the impressionistic nature of his brushwork and only very few of his paintings achieved a balanced relationship between the two, yet both drawing and painting possess obvious quality.

For one reason or another Krige has never fully extended himself as a painter. Despite his success as a War Artist, the years following the war did not produce a significant volume of painting nor any notable stylistic developments. At one stage it seemed that he might be moving along the lines of Paul Nash towards a more imaginative translation of the landscape, which would permit a surrealistic union between the atmospheric painterly background and the literary linear images – Sunflower 1955, in the William Humphries Gallery , Kimberley. However, he did not continue to pursue this direction and in subsequent years more has been seen of Krige’s graceful drawings than of his paintings.