Capetown, South Africa, June 5 2013( SABC News): One of the iconic artworks of people's painter, Vladimir Tretchikoff, has been sold to an unknown buyer for US$138,000 at an auction in Cape Town, on Tuesday. The painter lived in South Africa from 1946 to his death in 2006. The portrait, known as "The Hindu Dancer," bears the image of a female Indian dancer with eight hands in various positions (see "source" above for the painting). Auctioneer Anton Welz says ironically, the painting has been up for auction before, but drew no interest from art lovers.
"Three years ago we had the painting up on auction and it didn't sell and then there was the big Tretchikoff exhibition at the National Gallery which raised an enormous amount of awareness about him and his work and earlier this year, one of his works sold in London US$1.1 million and all of a sudden people saw big value in his work," says Welz. Tretchikoff has been described as one of the most successful commercial artists of all time. Once described as kitch (meaning lowbrow, popular, sentimental), Tretchikoff's paintings have found huge favor years on. He made comfortable living selling prints of his works, while alive, he never got recognition as a serious artist. For his story, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Tretchikoff.