The Easel

JH Pierneef’s people-less power

A great piece of writing. JH Pierneef was an iconic twentieth century South African landscape painter. A current exhibition of his work – the first since the end of apartheid – is being acclaimed, but there is a problem. Pierneef was very active in the movement that inspired apartheid. Should this exclude him from that nation’s cultural lineage? Further images and a less politically concerned review, is here.