Country: Republic of South Africa
Style: Portraiture/ Impressionism
Medium: Oil, Gouache, Watercolour
Fun Fact: her work was unappreciated at first in South Africa where critics derided her early exhibitionsin the 1920s with reviews titled “Art of Miss Irma Stern - Ugliness as a cult”. On her return to South Africa, equipped with influences from German expressionism she had her first exhibition but that was dismissed as “immoral” and became subject to police investigation.
Quote: It was a shock to me to see how the natural picturesqueness of the native in his kraal had almost disappeared … Today he has submitted to civilization … he wears Everyman’s clothes and boots. He looks odd and drab in this garb … to those of us who saw the beauty of the native in his natural state the change is sad.
1. Portrait of a Young Girl
2. Bahora Girl
3. Woman Sewing Karos
4. Portrait of a Young Malay Girl
5. Mangbetu woman
6. Portrait of Rebecca Hourwich Reyher
7. African Woman
9. Malay GIrl
10. Woman with a Jug