I Am an African: The Life and Times of Gerard Sekoto

R 400.00  

Author: N. Chabani Manganyi
Foreword: Es'kia Mphahlele
Publisher: Witwatersrand University Press (2004)
ISBN-10: 1868144003
ISBN-13: 9781868144006
Condition: Very Good. The cover has some light rubbing and small creases across the corners. There is a bit of scuffing along the bottom edge of the front cover. Internally clean and well bound. A very good copy.
Binding: Softcover
Pages: 244
Dimensions: 21 x 18 x 1.5 cm

Weight: 0.5 kg

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Gerard Sekoto is without doubt one of South Africa's major painters of the twentieth century. Considered increasingly as one of the earliest South African modernists and social realists, he completed his most memorable work during the early and middle years of the 1940s, first at Sophiatown (Johannesburg), then in District Six in Cape Town and later in Eastwood, Pretoria. When he left to go to Paris in 1947, he was at the height of his creative powers. Yet during the forty-five years that he spent as an exile in France, his talent, moral resilience, dedication, belief in the equality of all people and, most of all, his identity as an African sustained him during the most difficult times.

Sekoto said of his work, "All my paintings searched to rediscover an identity common to all people of different origins, to the quest for the common relation between beings."

The story told in this book reveals the extent to which triumphant moments in the painter's life were, at times, accompanied by heart-rending adversity. Interesting too is the richness retrospectively brought to light by the discovery, after Sekoto's death, of the painter's suitcase of treasures, which contained previously unknown musical compositions, letters and a large quantity of notes, writings and private documents.

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