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24 Jan 2019 16:30 GMT

Kibel (Freda) & Dubow (Neville)

WOLF KIBEL (limited edition)

A Brief Sketch of His Life and Work by Freda Kibel and A Critical Assessment of His Work by Neville Dubow.

Published: Human & Rousseau, Cape Town, 1968

Reserve: $100


Estimate: $125/150

Bidding opens: 24 Jan 16:30 GMT

Bidding closes: 31 Jan 16:30 GMT

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49 pages of letterpress, 12 colour plates (including a self portrait of the artist as frontispiece), 42 black & white illustrations, errata slip on the rear paste-down end paper, oatmeal cloth, a good copy in a very worn dust jacket, now preserved in a protector.

Wolf Kibel was born in Grodzisk, near Warsaw, Poland on 16 December 1903. As a young boy Kibel was preoccupied with carving. His father’s death in 1911 brought sudden insecurity to Kibel as a child. He studied briefly in Poland under the guidance of Appelbaum, a painter visiting from London. He became very motivated to see whether he had potential as a painter. At the age of 20 he fled to Austria to avoid the draft, which was the norm in the Polish army at the time.

He was advised by his mentor to and settled in Palestine, as he lacked travel documents to enter France, his desired destination. He did stay briefly in Jerusalem, where he again took ill and became destitute. Kibel lived on the beach in Tel Aviv until someone he had befriended gave him money to rent a room.

In Tel Aviv he soon established himself as a good painter. It was here that he started studying modern techniques of painting, as well as met and married his wife Frieda. Further ill health in 1929 resulted in Kibel’s decision to relocate to Cape Town, where already lived. He left his wife and child in Tel Aviv with plans for them to join him in Cape Town in 1933. In 1932 he set up an art studio with the sculptor, Lippy Lipshitz, who had returned that year from Paris. They gathered some pupils and Kibel started settled into developing his painting. Wolf Kibel exhibited in 1931,1933, 1935 and 1937 in Cape Town.

His paintings were genre pieces (portraits, still life and some landscapes) much admired by the public for its vibrant use of colour informed by expressionism. Kibel was diagnosed with advanced tuberculosis in 1937 and the following year he died. Retrospective exhibitions were held in 1947 and 1950 in Johannesburg and Cape Town’s National Art Gallery respectively. Subsequently, a number of exhibitions of his work occurred in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria.

This edition is limited to 750 copies of which this is no.198

  • Overall Condition: A Good Copy
  • Size: small folio (340 x 250 mm)

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