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    lot 672 — Leonid Keller, Cape Cross (2020)

unsold in slot Greeds and Guts and Glories in auction Chapter 6
Concluded. 2021/9/25, 3 pm to 6 pm
auction finished. artworks are no longer visible for licensing reasons.

minimum price   7.400 €
price estimate   8.800 €

size   235 x 150 cm
frame   Framed
condition   Mint
technique   Graphite on paper

The large-format graphite drawing Cape Cross was created from a photograph (1971) by Alice Mertens, who grew up in Namibia and is the great-granddaughter of Götz Mertens from Potsdam, who emigrated to the colony of German Southwest Africa at the beginning of the last century.
The landscape depicted is the place on the Namibian coast where the stone heraldic column of Cape Cross originally stood. It was erected there by the Portuguese in 1448, as the first sign of colonization in Africa. Only a section of the column can still be seen, floating almost mystically above the landscape.

(The column, which is around 3.5 meters high, was taken to Berlin 125 years ago during the colonial era, where the German Historical Museum decided in 2019 to return the stone monument to Namibia).

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Menno Aden (2021 09 21 21:34:06)
one of my favorites. interesting background.