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Title:Collecting South African art in the 1930s: the role of Martin du Toit
Author:Van Eeden, Jeanne
Year:2008
Periodical:Historia: amptelike orgaan
Volume:53
Issue:1
Pages:162-196
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:painting
Afrikaners
exhibitions
academics
1930-1939
biographies (form)
About person:Marthinus Lourens Du Toit (1897-1938)
Abstract:The first head of the Department of Afrikaans Art and Culture at the University of Pretoria (South Africa) in the 1930s was Professor Marthinus (Martin) Lourens de Toit (1897-1938). His vision for the new department included the ideal of exposing students to the work of South African artists. He was involved in many cultural bodies and activities and instituted regular art exhibitions under the auspices of the Department of Afrikaans Art and Culture in the Macfadyen Memorial Hall in Pretoria. These exhibitions focused on contemporary South African artists and brought the work of groundbreaking painters such as Irma Stern and Maggie Laubser to the attention of the public. Du Toit also wanted to build up a representative collection of Afrikaner material culture and visual art at the university. This article examines this endeavour, contextualizes it in relation to aspects of public art collecting in South Africa during the 1930s, and shows how Du Toit laid the foundation for the current art collection of the University of Pretoria. Notes, ref., sum. in English and Afrikaans. [Journal abstract]
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