n De Arte - Editorial




After a few rather slim issues, the 82nd issue of is a bumper one, containing four research articles. Two of these contributions are from already established authors. On the occasion of the centenary of the Union Buildings in 2010, Alexander Duffey has written an article on J.H. Pierneef and the Union Buildings. To this end, Duffey traced more than 70 artworks, depicting Meintjeskop Hill and the construction of the Union Buildings, made between 1905 and 1948 by Jacob Hendrik Pierneef. The author maintains that Pierneef considered Meintjeskop an important landmark of old Republican Pretoria and resented the erection of the Buildings on the well-known hill. The article attempts to show that Pierneef's life-long obsession with Meintjeskop was not only a deliberate attempt to use the landmark to develop his typical artistic style, but also to reflect his ideological stance with regard to the Union Buildings as a symbol of British Imperialism in South Africa.


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