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Mayer Erich

Mayer Erich

Born: 1876 - Karlsruhe, Germany

Died: 1960 – Pretoria (84yrs)

Resided in SA from 1898 

 

A painter of scenes from Afrikaner life and of landscapes.  Worked in oil and in watercolour from 1905.  Designed tapestries and rugs and worked in various graphic media.

Studies

Born: 1876 - Karlsruhe, Germany

Died: 1960 – Pretoria (84yrs)

Resided in SA from 1898 

 

A painter of scenes from Afrikaner life and of landscapes.  Worked in oil and in watercolour from 1905.  Designed tapestries and rugs and worked in various graphic media.

Studies

1894 -96 Architecture at the Charlottenburg Technische Hochschule, Berlin;

1907 Drawing and painting Kalsruhe;

1909 – 11 Stuttgart;

1935 – 36 in Florence, Italy, under Galileo Chini (1873 – 1945) and Pietro Annigoni (b.1900)

Profile:

A member of the NSA, the Eastern Province Society of Artists and the Transvaal Society of Artists.  A number of illustrations for newspapers and books including: 23 Jahre Sturm und Sonnenschein in Sudafrika, A Schiel, 1903, Brockhaus, Leipzig and Nuwejaarfees op Palmietfontein by Leon Mare.  1898 an assistant land – surveyor at Vrede in the Orange Free State;

1900 – 02 a POW on St Helena Island, Atlantic Ocean;

1902 repatriated to Germany;

1903 – 06 lived in SWA/Namibia;

1907 – 11 in Germany;

1911-14 lived in Port Elizabeth, Potchefstroom, Johannesburg and Pretoria;

1914 – 16 interned at Pietermaritzburg;

from 1916 based in the Transvaal;

1920 – 25 in Johannesburg;

1926 – 28 in the Magaliesburg;

1928 – 31 toured SWA/Namibia in a caravan;

1931 – 60 lived in Pretoria.  A trained architect working in Pretoria.  Travelled on painting excursions with Olchert Braak (qv) , Bernhard Hesselbarth (qv) and JHJ Rabe (qv).  In 1976 a commemorative issue of postage stamps of his work was issued.

Exhibitions:

Participated in group exhibitions from 1920 in SA, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and the UK;

1914 Johannesburg, first of several solo exhibitions;

1972 Pretoria Art Museum, Retrospective Exhibition;

1976 National Cultural History Museum, Pretoria and Holthausen Gallery, Pretoria, Commemorative Exhibitions.

Award:

1943 Medal of Honour, SA Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns.