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Cyril Fradan - 1964 Pastel, Abstract Composition

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Cyril Fradan - Original 1964 Pastel. Signed and dated. In fine condition.

Cyril Fradan (1928-1997) was one of South Africa’s foremost painters. Born in Johannesburg in 1928, he was educated and later lectured at the University of the Witwatersrand, and held his first one-man show in Johannesburg in 1954. Relocating to London in 1960, Fradan exhibited successfully in most British and European art centres.

Fradan worked almost exclusively in acrylic paints and made extensive use of glazing techniques. Furthermore, he was a successful and skilled exponent of the Baroque style used in contemporary, non-figurative terms. What this means is that Fradan blends illusion, light and colour, and a sense of passionate movement, all calculated to overwhelm the viewer by a direct emotional appeal. His use of such effects as the dissolved contour, the rendering of movement through flickering light, allied with his use of glowing colour, brought into being a style that had a profound effect on the South African audiences who saw it.

Fradan was a much-loved and well-respected member of the London arts scene. His annual summer music festivals held at his house at 23 Lower Addison Gardens, were a joy to music lovers and provided an opportunity to view his work.

Cyril Fradan exhibited extensively - including at the Royal Academy, London in 1963. His work is represented in many public collections in South Africa, including the South African National Gallery, Cape Town; Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum (King George VI Art Gallery), Port Elizabeth; Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria.


22.5 x 31cm (8.9" x 12.2")

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Code mt349
Artist Cyril Fradan
Date 1964
Dimensions 22.5 x 31cm
Medium Pastel
Style Abstract
Subject Abstract
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