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For a number of years the Natal Witness ran articles by FOTAG members. These articles called the FOTAG Focus discussed artworks from the collection on display.

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The Dancer/ Rita the Spanish balledora

oil on canvas

Gerald Festus Kelly (1897-1972)

by Emmanuel Mlondolozi Caluza

The Dancer, Gerald Festus Kelly

Kelly's The dancer (Rita) is a painting of a remarkably elegant and serene lady in a white dress. This is the largest painting in the Lorna Ferguson Room, and evokes in me a feeling of pleasure, complaisance and great admiration for a really beautiful painting.

When I think of Western history, paintings like this one can be linked to the European Renaissance, the French and Industrial Revolutions, liberalism and democracy. These packages of change brought beauty and elegance into the lives of ordinary people.

I hope the African Renaissance will one day achieve such beauty and elegance, which is commonplace in Europe and the Americas. May the Livingstones and Huddlestones of those civilizations bestow that beauty and elegance on Africa too.

May God bless the artist just as the philosopher is blessed. In the ultimate reality of things, I believe that god is an artist because of the beautiful things he has created in this world and universe.

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Johansson collectionThe Tatham Art Gallery holds an Art Collection that contains significant British and French artworks dating back to the 18th century. Its South-African art collection is focused on, but not exclusive to, the art of KwaZulu-Natal.


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A selection of current and archival articles from the Tatham Art Gallery. These articles provide a historical and contemporary perspective on the Gallery and the visual arts in KwaZulu-Natal.

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