Diederick, South African artist

A Retrospective







with respect,

for a unique and significant South African Artist



An exploration of the life of

George Diederick During

as expressed in the changing face of his art

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1935 - 1960



Trees and fields watercolour




From about 1935, this charcoal and wash scene was typical of his work of the time. Such work and the observations that came with them, seemingly formed the basis of his later revisiting of the same themes. For while his style and technique evolved, the forms remained throughout the many mutations.







workers in a field next to a road

Workers in a field comes from a period of rounded forms painted using more brightly coloured water paints.

The simplification in Diederick's work, without the loss of expression, is clear.  From about 1940.


district 6 domestic scene



The appearance of cubism in his work happened around 1945. This changed the appearance of his artworks radically. As he began to explore this means of expression, it seemed that initially, his pictures became more complex in spite of the cubistic representations. Richer colours from a change of media, and contrasting geometric forms dominated.





cow in farmyard



A few years later, his cubistic forms had mellowed and become more regimented. Still, this excursion into the world of Picasso and Co. would leave a permanent mark on his work. Gouache became his chosen medium. 





African nude

Adding a new "Germanic" influence to his work in about 1955, his lines became more bold and areas of the painting were more defined. Remnants of cubism and surrealism remained as a tool for him to exercise his special form of expression. African themes became dominant, even favoured, perhaps because of a change of  home base. He boldly integrated African culture and scenes into his work.


wonem with pots



Never far from everyday events, he protrayed many aspects of African work and customs. He introduced artifacts and behaviours that gave realistic portrayals of African tribal and rural life, as well as their participation in workings of the urban jungle. Strongly defined images were his trademark, and details like facial features were left to the observer to complete. By 1960, his work had taken on a decidedly decorative nature, while retaining full respect for the subjects.









1965 - 1991



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