The Tatham Art Gallery, one of the major art museums in South Africa, dates back to 1903. Situated in Pietermaritzburg,
the capital of KwaZulu-Natal, the Tatham Art Gallery serves the Msunduzi region through the Visual Arts.
This eclectic display of British, French and South African art works spans more than three centuries. Each art work has its own story to tell.
Still Life with Omega Flowers (1919), by the English artist Roger Fry, was purchased in London for the Gallery’s collection in 1985. This painting extends the Gallery’s collection of British Post-Impressionist art works.
Part of the current display is a historic overview of 20th century South African commercial potteries. These potteries, of which few still operate, played an important part in South African society between the two World Wars. Viewers interested in the history of design will find a fascinating fusion of European and African influences.
Photo: Jonathan Burton
We honour the memory of one of South Africa’s great artists, Judith Mason-Attwood, who died in December 2016. Throughout her career Judith was politically aware and motivated by a strong social conscience. These are reflected in her major installation, From the Tombs of the Pharaohs of Johannesburg, in the Gallery’s permanent collection. The work, illustrated on our front cover, contains items salvaged from the Crown and Rand Mines in Johannesburg, sites of suffering for thousands of migrant workers. She comments on capitalist industrialization, but “tries to depict an episode in history with dignity and aggressiveness and pathos.”