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Remembering Louis Maqhubela, pioneering and enigmatic South African painter

By Marilyn Martin, Honorary Research Associate at Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town
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The pioneering South African artist Louis Khehla Maqhubela passed away on 6 November 2021 at St Thomas’ hospital in London, UK, a few days after his wife Tana Maqhubela also passed. He leaves behind an important and iconic legacy.

He created a bridge for South Africa’s urban, black ‘township artists’ of the 1950s, 60s and 70s. The move that he offered away from prescriptive expressionism and into internationalist styles and concerns can hardly be overestimated.

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