Alexis Preller was one of South Africa’s most celebrated artists. He passed away 13 of December 1975. Preller has been making headlines recently and that’s because of his last painting. There are doubts on the authenticity of one of his last works. It’s dubbed the “Christ Head” and it went under the hammer on Sunday night. Negotiations with a potential buyer are under wraps.
The “Christ Head” painting went under auction for R4 million in Sandton. His oil based painting is also known as the “The Last Preller.” This is one of his last paintings just before his death.
Preller was born in Pretoria in September 1911. He found most of his art inspiration on the African soil. He featured on one of the SABC’s documentary: The World of Alexis Preller. The footage on this story is exclusively from the SABC is from the documentary shot in 1975.
One of his paintings inspirations came from the Ndebele (Mapogga) people who lived in the Pretoria vicinity where he spent most of his time. He passed away in December 1975 from heart failure.
“The Last Preller” is still under negotiations.
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