Slave girl by Elizabeth Kendall

ART: Acrylic 1
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Tienie Pritchard, certainly one of the most prominent sculptors in South Africa, became renowned for his monumental public commissions, nationally as well as internationally.
Tienie is primarily known as a sculptor of the nude, and although he prefers the female form, he also loves sculpting the male nude. His preference for the female nude is based on the fact that the female form is better suited to his smooth polished finishes and subtle modeling technique, as opposed to the over emphasized anatomy that Michael Angelo and many of his followers sculpted. He is also intrigued by the ancient female role of goddess, priestess or sorceress – a phenomenon that vanished in modern times.

Dimensions: Slightly bigger than half life size
The sculpture depicts a slave market somewhere in the Orient round about 1800, where an Arab slave trader puts his ware up for sale. His target market is the Sultans, who bought female slaves for their harems, to serve as concubines or who might be lucky enough to become one of his wives. The women are from different nations and races – Muslim society was not race or colour conscious. The women differ further in age and physique. They are real people from different walks of life, captured and carried away from their homes and loved ones. They are all resigned to their fate, inwardly battling the humiliation, hurt and shame. Although they are sharing the same predicament, everyone’s attention is turned inwardly, each one solitary in the contemplation of her own sorrow. The standing girl is the youngest and the prime exhibit of the day. She is from Abyssinian origin, a firm favourite under slave traders because of their women’s reputed beauty. Abyssinian slaves were much sought after and fetched high prices.
Tienie Pritchard was born in 1938 in the small town of Soekmekaar in the Northern Province. He attended Pietersburg Primary School and matriculated at Pietersburg Hoërskool. After school he started a career as public servant for the Department of Social Welfare, where he worked for 10 years. During all those early years, he spent every spare minute of his time with his first love – sketching and painting.
To read more about the Tienie Pritchard Museum, click here
I surely think it is worth a visit!
My acrylic painting (after the sculpture of Tienie Pritchard) was done on canvas. The original is framed and for sale.

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  • LoveringArts
    LoveringArtsover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous composition Elizabeth, your very own masterpiece … Stunning

  • Thank you so much Paul, I appreciate your very kind words!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • And also for the fav!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 4 years ago

    Aaah, Tienie Pritchard! NOW I get it! This is a wonderful, unique and imaginative depiction of his sculpture! Beautiful!

  • Smile!! ;-)
    Thank you very much my dear friend. His museum is not very far from you, have you been there already?

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 4 years ago

    No, I haven’t Liz. I think it’s more on the Pretoria side (if it’s the correct Elandsfontein I’m thinking of). But I’m definitely going to organise a trip!

  • Susan van Zyl
    Susan van Zylover 4 years ago

    Thank you for the submission into the ♫.•°°African Art At heART°°•.♫ Group
    14 October 2010

  • Thanks so much Susan!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • BCallahan
    BCallahanover 4 years ago

    wow…. what a lovely painting, Liz… love the blues and reds that really make her body stand out… you did a great job using Tienie’s sculpture as your inspiration!! what a lovely tribute to his work!!!

  • Thanks Barb for your warmhearted comments and support!! Much, much appreciated! x

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinover 4 years ago

    You captured the image with your beautiful gift. I feel her sorrow.

  • What a lovely comment, thanks so much Sally!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosover 4 years ago

    Stunning – you must be so proud of this one.

  • Thank you Big Cat, a lovely thing to say! I find it a great challenge to paint figures/people.

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethover 4 years ago

    wow YOu have a slave looks like this in South Africa ??:) ha! your genius:)) You can make art …and tittles.incredible.She with her gorgeous body is enjoying life obviously ..:) I thank you for make such a great work. LisaBeth

  • No, we don’t have slaves here. This is painted from a statue and you can read more about it here
    Thanks for commenting! Much appreciated Lisa.

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • jozi1
    jozi1over 2 years ago

    Awesome and very informative,Elizabeth :)

  • Thanks so much Tony! Glad you enjoyed.

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 2 years ago

    Lovely to see this one again Elizabeth, a fine painting indeed!

  • Thanks Maree! Lovely compliment. x

    – Elizabeth Kendall

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