The issue of the Earth's fragility is dealt with in a way that somehow lures the viewer into a false sense of security. The dramatic light of the "golden hour", the primeval Eastern Cape bush, the peaceful yet mysterious river, the two Hadedas (Brown Ibis) barely visible in the Euphorbia tree in the lower right of the painting, all set the scene for the "incident". The ever-curious baboon comes upon a warthog skull atop a dead tree and contemplates his own destiny. The animal is seemingly oblivious of the fact that the distant hills are on fire.
This large painting was acquired for the Rembrandt Art Foundation in Stellenbosch, South Africa, by founder and renown conservationist Dr. Anton Rupert, who visited the artist's studio in Grahamstown in 1991.
Signed lower right. Size: 200 cm. x 180 cm. - 79 in. x 71 in.
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