Maggie Laubser

Laubser (1886 – 1973) was born on a farm outside Malmesbury in South Africa. She later studied in London at the Slade School of Art.  Her work is often associated with that of Irma Stern due to her introduction of Expressionism to South Africa. Both artists were influenced by their time in Europe especially Germany, and in fact the two artists did travel together in Europe. As with Stern, her work was initially rejected by the South African art community but fortunately was later revered by them. Laubser was a prolific artist as her catalogue raisonne by Danele Marias contains 1784 individual works. Later in her career, Laubser was hailed as one of the great South Afrcian artists, and has retrospectives at the South African National Gallery and Pretoria Art Museum in 1969, and again in 1987. Her work is featured in the majority of major South African museum collections.