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29 Aug 2019 16:30 GMT

Levinson (Olga)

ADOLPH JENTSCH (De Luxe Edition)

Text in English, Afrikaans and German.

Published: Human & Rousseau, Cape Town, 1973

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78 pages of text and 22 pages of colour reproductions of paintings, booksellers ticket on the front paste-down endpaper, quarter black leather with brown buckram cloth sides with a gilt facsimile of Jentsch's signature on the upper cover, corners slightly worn with light insect scarring on the covers, a very good copy.

Adolph Jentsch (1888 - 1977) was of German descent, born in Dresden, Germany. Like many of his contemporaries, the cultured and unworldly Orientalist, Jentsch fled Germany when Hitler's Third Reich turned to persecuting artists. He joined a cousin in Namibia in 1938 and stayed for the rest of his life. There he made a few lifelong friends, painted and travelled extensively, settling near Windhoek in 1947.

Anton Hendriks, in 1958 commented on the painter: "Jentsch is not a modern artist; his large and simple landscapes have the qualities of the simple landscapes. They are subtle, they do not shout, they are unobtrusive, they do not intrude, they are quiet and therefore, they do not readily reveal themselves to those who are attuned to modern noise"

In Namibia, Jentsch found the ideal working climate. His spirit responded to the vastness and silence of the desert landscape. The sublimity of space, which figures so dominantly in Eastern mysticism, was here a tangible reality, in the solitary desert landscape he felt free to meditate and to express his sense of the eternal. Adolph Jentsch is considered by those familiar with the scene to have distilled the very essence of the natural environment of South West Africa. Jentsch passed away in 1977 in Windhoek, SWA.

Number 44 of 75 copies in a De Luxe binding.

  • Overall Condition: A Very Good Copy
  • Size: Oblong 4to (300 x 330 mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
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  • Country: South Africa
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