Landscape as Art: Pierneef

Landscapes have been the subject of art for as long as humans have created it.  Landscape art captures the inspiring vistas of mountains and valleys, the peace of rolling hills and sunny fields, and the awesome power of oceans and thunderstorms.

The Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch South Africa has just opened a new exhibition of 32 landscape paintings by JH Pierneef.  These paintings capture the incredibly diverse landscapes of South Africa, many of them remarkably similar to the highly varied landscapes of Utah.

For more information about the exhibit, look here. From the Rupert Museum:

By kind permission of the Transnet Foundation, the well-known Pierneef Johannesburg Railway Station panels are now on view at the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch.

In 1929 Pierneef was commissioned by the South African Railways to produce thirty-two panels to be displayed in the concourse of the then new Park Station in Johannesburg. On 26 November 1932 the panels were unveiled.

The 32 panels are displayed in one of the halls with special lighting effects that bring out the pure force of Pierneef’s landscapes with his use of colour, brushstrokes, uniform levels and geometrical style. One can see how Pierneef was able to copy the atmosphere so unique to the varied parts of the country and yet not lose the association between the panels. In addition to the panels, a short film is shown depicting Pierneef’s life and artistic work.