Piet Van Heerden

Born: 1924, Malawi, South Africa Died: 1991, Namaqualand, South Africa

Piet Van Heerden was born in Nyasaland, now Malawi. He was the son of missionaries who settled in Worcester. From 1939 – 1941 he lived and worked in Hugo Naude’s home until the death of Hugo Naude.

He became popular for his Cape landscape but also became known for his portrait studies. In 1952 he was commissioned to do a portrait of JH Conradie, Speaker in the House of Assembly. KWV, Paarl also commissioned him to do a large mural landscape in 1958.

Although Van Heerden was clearly influenced by the styles of both Hugo Naude and Pieter Wenning, his own work did not perpetuate the radiance and spontaneous sparkle of the former nor the structural and colour impact of the latter. He settled into an easy naturalistic matter, rendering picturesque views of

the Cape countryside, which won wide popular support. The landscapes were completely painted in the fluid blending derivative technique that more or less epitomizes the second generation of the tradition known as Cape Impressionism.

After his death in 1991 at the age of 73, his ashes were buried in Namaqualand, near Kammieskroon.

Artist CV

He was the son of missionaries who settled in Worcester. Van Heerden lived and worked (1939 - 1941) in Hugo Naude's home until Naude's death.

He became popular for his Cape landscapes but did portrait studies as well. In 1952 he was commissioned to paint portrait of the Speaker of the House of Assembly, JH Conradie. KWV Paarl, asked Van Heerden for a large mural landscape in the year 1958.

Although Piet Van Heerden was quite clearly influenced by the styles both of Naude and Pieter Wenning, his own work did not perpetuate the radiance and spontaneous sparkle of the former nor the structural and colour impact of the latter. He settled early into an easy naturalistic matter, rendering picturesque views of the Cape countryside, which won wide popular support. The landscape were competently painted and in the fluid blending of derivative techniques they more or less epitomize the second generation of the tradition known as Cape Impressionism.

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