J H Pierneef
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Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef (13 August 1886 Pretoria – 4 October 1957), was a South African landscape artist, generally considered to be one of the best of the old South African masters. Most of his landscapes were of the South African highveld, which provided a lifelong source of inspiration for him. Pierneef's style was to reduce and simplify the landscape to geometric structures, using flat planes, lines, uninhabited dramatic light and colour to present the harmony and order in nature. His bushveld scenes draw in the highest demand and prices, in particular his paintings of Acacia trees. The diversity of his work made him popular.
Pierneef held his first solo exhibition in 1913, to great critical acclaim, some even describing his work as that of a genius, which inspired him greatly. His second solo exhibition was held two years later and was also very well received. Pierneef set the trend for a unique South African style. In 1923 he visited Namibia, where he sketched extensively for paintings that would later be completed in his studio. He also held a solo exhibition in the Netherlands, where his bushveld drawings drew great attention. These would later be considered some of his best works.
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