Pieter Wenning

Born: 1873, The Hague, Holland Died: 1921, Pretoria, South Africa He was the eldest son of a Friesland family with long artistic associations. During his school years his family relocated to Leeuwarden. Here the local art master encouraged his drawing ability and also helped him appreciate the works of Dutch painters in a local gallery. His parents persuaded him to avoid becoming a professional artist and he then joined the Dutch Railways. His spare time was reserved for painting. In the year of 1902 Pieter was dismissed of his job after going on strike with fellow employees. In 1905 he came to South Africa and worked for De Bussy’s Bookshop in Pretoria. He continued his interest in art and sketched in chalk and watercolours. He would also act as a translator at the Supreme Court. In 1909 he started working with oils. In 1911 he joined the art group, the Individualists and exhibited with them in Pretoria. He started producing etchings in 1912 after obtaining an Etching press from Europe. In 1913 he visited Cape Town for the first time, there he met DC Boonzaier. In 1915 after making a short trip to Cape Town to greet his returning family from Holland he also began a friendship with Nita Spilhaus. From those years on he would regularly travel between the Transvaal and Cape Town when he had the finances. In 1919 his wife died and his own health deteriorated as well and by 1921 he passed away in the Zuid Afrikaans Hospital in Pretoria. His work is represented in the top public and private collections worldwide. Pieter Wenning Pieter Wenning Pieter Wenning