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Walter Battiss

Walter Battiss

South African | 1914 - 2010

Walter Whall Battiss was born in 1906 in Somerset East, a Karoo town in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. After receiving his teaching diploma in 1933, Battiss started working at the Park School in Turffontein, Johannesburg. In 1936 he was appointed art master at Pretoria Boys School, where he would work for most of the next 30 years.

While exhibiting a collection of South African art with the International Art Club in Italy in 1949, Battiss had his first meeting with Pablo Picasso and the futurist Gino Severini. Both these artists made strong impressions on him, and the influence of their work can be seen in his art. Between the years of 1966 and 1968, Battiss made several trips to Greece; and thus began the influence of islands on his creative thinking. He died on 20 August 1982 from a sudden heart attack at the age of 76.

Auction Results

Walter Battiss
In the Winelands, 1977

Estimate R700 000 - R1 000 000
SOLD: R1 372 500

Aspire Art Auctions
20th Century & Contemporary Art September 2023
Walter Battiss
Figures Round A Camp Fire, Signed, Oil, 25 x 50

Estimate R250 000 - R350 000
SOLD: R220 000

5th Avenue Auctioneers
December 2020
Walter Battiss
Congolese Figures, Oil

Estimate R150 000 - R250 000
SOLD: R155 000

5th Avenue Auctioneers
October 2020


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