Christo Coetzee (1929 - 2000)


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Oil, ping pong balls and mixed media on canvas
100 x 80.5 cm (39 ³/₈ x 31 ³/₄ inches)
Signed, dated and inscribed on the reverse, Christo Coetzee/ Milan. 1960./ October./ 40.F./ 
Executed in 1960

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, London

  • Description

    Executed in 1960, this piece reflects the influence Coetzee drew from the avant-garde movements of both Europe and Japan. Following his departure from South Africa, during the earlier stages of his career, he became associated with highly renowned groups such as Gutai and Art Informel, citing critic Michel Tapié as a pertinent influence. The free-flowing and seemingly sporadic paint splatters in Composition are indicative of the spontaneity underpinning the work of many avant-garde artists of the time. They emphasise movement and draw the viewer's eyes across the canvas.

    Coetzee elevates the piece by incorporating ping-pong balls and slashing the canvas to create a greater sense of depth. This assemblage approach is reminiscent of works by contemporaries such as Lucio Fontana, highlighting his maverick spirit.

    A highly international artist, Coetzee has established a strong reputation outside of South Africa and his works continue to thrive on the global art market. Known for his creativity and unique approach, assemblage pieces such as Composition are amongst some of his most collectible works.

    This original painting by Christo Coetzee is available for immediate purchase. 

Artist's Biography

Christo Coetzee