Slave girl

Elizabeth Kendall

Bronkhorstspruit, South Africa

Artist's Description

ART: Acrylic 1
FEATURED in Image Writing
7 December 2012.
FEATURED in African Art and Photography
8 December 2012.
FEATURED in Artists Universe
4 Jan. 2013.
FEATURED in This & That
19 June 2013.
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.
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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