The Iziko South African National Gallery is holding a retrospective exhibition of Vladimir Tretchikoff.

Art enthusiasts travelling on flights to Cape Town will be able to catch an excellent exhibition at the Iziko South African National Gallery.

The gallery is holding a retrospective of the artist Vladimir Tretchikoff, which is being curated by Andrew Lamprecht.
Known for being one of South Africa’s most controversial painters, Tretchikoff (1913-2006) has since become something of a cultural icon.

Such was his success in South Africa and internationally that he was said to have been one of the richest artists around in his heyday, with earnings that were compared to the great Pablo Picasso.

He was one of the most commercially successful artists of all time.

His painting entitled Chinese Girl is one of the most popular prints made in the art world.

The image is a portrait of a woman with luxurious black hair and a luminous gold-coloured robe.

What made it so remarkable was the fact her face was painted in an unusual blue-colour.

The People’s Painter runs from May 26th to September 25th.

Written by Ruth Norris

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