Rest in Peace Erik Laubscher

Erik Laubscher – renowned South African artist passed away yesterday at the age of 86. A career spanning sixty years, and his work included in major museums and public collections, Laubscher was also founder of The Ruth Prowse School of Art in 1970 and the school’s director for twenty five years.

Swartland abstract Still life with white bottles Oil on canvas

Swartland abstract / Still life with white bottles / Oil on canvas
Johans Borman Fine Art

Overberg Landreye / oil on canvas SMAC Gallery

Overberg Landreye / oil on canvas
SMAC Gallery

Evidently way-back-when, The University of Cape Town rejected him “because he could not draw”. And so taking private lessons, Laubscher then went abroad to study, fell in love with a young French artist Claude Bouscharain who he married in 1951. Erik Laubscher went on to become the first living artist to fetch ZAR 1 million at a local auction – for his painting Still LIfe with Mandolin, music score and fruit in 2009.

(Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat. F.Scott Fitzgerald)

Rest in Peace Erik Laubscher and on a personal note – thank you for the legendary Ruth Prowse School of Art.

Still life with turquoise plate / oil on canvas  Hot landscape/oil on canvas Johan Boorman Fine Art / SMAC Gallery

Still life with turquoise plate / oil on canvas
Hot landscape/oil on canvas
Johans Borman Fine Art / SMAC Gallery