Missing Adriaan Boshoff painting worth R2,1m found

Adriaan Boshoff's painting, In the Cosmos Field. Pic: artvalue.com

Adriaan Boshoff's painting, In the Cosmos Field. Pic: artvalue.com

A painting by the famous artist Adriaan Boshoff, which went missing sometime between 2007 and 2012, was found in Mbombela, Mpumalanga last week.

Valued at R2,1 million, the painting is one of many which reportedly disappeared from the care of his daughter, Louise Boshoff, while she was custodian of the artworks while they were displayed at her gallery in Hartbeespoort, near Pretoria, Lowvelder reported.

The artworks were each valued at between R58 000 and R850 000. At the time it was widely speculated his daughter, Louise, had a hand in the disappearance of these artworks. She denied these allegations.

During the same period, it came to light that Louise had run into financial difficulties after her father’s death, and that she had applied for the liquidation of the Adlou Gallery.

The painting, named In The Cosmos Fields, which was owned by a Gerhard Heyneke, was then apparently sold to a Polly Botha from Mbombela.

On Friday, the Nelspruit Magistrates’ Court ordered the sheriff to confiscate the painting from Botha and hand it to a representative of the liquidators who had to transport it to a storage facility in Pretoria.

During the Adlou Gallery’s financial inquiries, three documents surfaced that were relevant to the transaction between Louise and Botha. The first was a 2008 evaluation of “Cosmos Fields”. Louise did the evaluation herself and priced the painting at R2,1 million.

Meanwhile, the whereabouts of Louise remain a mystery. After she failed to turn up at her gallery’s financial inquiries, the sheriff of the Pretoria High Court attempted to trace her. He reported that there was no sign of her at her residence in Elandsfontein.

Adriaan Boshoff was born in the 1930s in Pretoria. He was a self-taught painter of seascapes, still life, figures and landscapes.

Boshoff worked in oils and his impressionistic style is known worldwide. His work has been collected and exhibited all over the world. He died in 2007.

– Caxton News Service


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