Painting, Visual Artist
1911 – 1975
Who was Alexis Preller?
He was especially influenced by Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin and visited European galleries and museums to study these artists' works. Elements of Gauguin can be seen in his paintings on South African subjects such as the Garden of Eden. Over time, he developed his own style and his works showed an array of elements from nature, African masks and other African art. One finds this overlay of his personal style on African themes most illuminatingly expressed in works such as Basuto Allegory. Travels in Europe and North Africa gave further expression to his output which became influenced by the frescoes of Piero della Francesca and Egyptian murals. One sees this influence in works such as Hieratic Women.
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- Sep 6, 1911
- South Africa
- Westminster School of Art
- Académie de la Grande Chaumière
- Lived in
- Dec 13, 1975
on July 23, 2013