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Artist Vladimir Tretchikoff Dies

By August 27, 2006

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The Russian-born realist artist Vladimir Tretchikoff, who had lived and worked in South Africa since the end of the Second World War (he joined his wife and daughter in there 1946), has died. He had not painted since having a stroke in 2002. A self-taught artist, Tretchikoff achieved popular acclaim for his vivid oil paintings though art critics deride his work as kitsch. His most famous is his 1952 painting called Chinese Girl, aka The Green Lady.

In 2002 the South African Sunday Times reported that the South African National Gallery in Cape Town had never acquired a painting by Tretchikoff, despite the fact that many consider him South Africa's leading realist painter. The newspaper quoted the gallery's direct director, Marilyn Martin, as saying she had no plans to use the gallery's limited funds to acquire a Tretchikoff "because 'he is not really regarded as a South African artist'" [and] the revival of interest in his works would not be sustained". If living in a country for 60 years doesn't make you part of a nation, what does?

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January 8, 2013 at 6:45 pm
(1) l s mclaurin says:

trying to found info about the painting Penny Whistles by Tretchikoff.

February 6, 2013 at 4:45 pm
(2) Denise Andries says:

I have an original oil painting of Tretchikoff -Penny Whistles.Was given to my aunt by her boss when she worked for them in Seapoint as a present.I would like to know what the painting is worth today as Tretchikoff is world famous and most of his piantings worth millions.Please leave a message in my email box .The painting s not with me but in a safe somewhere.

September 1, 2013 at 1:06 pm
(3) Boris Gorelik says:

Denise, your address is not displayed, unfortunately. If you wish to know more about your Tretchikoff painting, send me a message – gorelik at live dot ru.

Boris Gorelik
author of Incredible Tretchikoff

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