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Alexis Preller by Esmé Berman and Karel Nel: This beautiful first edition monograph on Alexis Preller consists of two soft cover volumes in a hard cover slip case. This book fills a significant vacuum in art literature. Alexis Preller, major South African artist, was born in Pretoria in 1911 and died there in 1975. In all that time and ever since, only one small book – published in 1947 – was devoted to his art. He trained at the Westminster School of Art from which he graduated in 1934 and later at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris (1937). He was especially influenced by Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin and visited European galleries and museums to study these artists' works.

 

Works of art photographed for the monograph include (in order): Royal Stele 1965, Icarus 1971, Temple of the Sun 1963, Agememnon 1969, Angel of the Lord 1969, Citadel 1971, Exotic Fruit 1946, Unfound Kouros 1969

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