n De Arte - At the passing of Bettie Cilliers-Barnard (1914-2010) : obituary




Accolades, awards and the long lists of her solo and group exhibitions aside, visiting Bettie Cilliers-Barnard at her home, whether in her cosy lounge or in her studio, was like continuing the conversation left open with a colon during a previous visit. Bettie, a good listener, was always interested in the opinion of others, whether the topic was literature, politics or the state of art in South Africa. She was always keen to discuss some or other aspect of art or the art world, or an exhibition she saw in Pretoria or Johannesburg. Bettie was a devout reader of newspapers, and with her long involvement with the South African Association of Arts (a founding member dating back to 1947), she knew exactly who was exhibiting where, how the work was received in the press, and which critic wrote the review.


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