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Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef Biography 1886 – 1957


Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef, was a South African landscape artist, generally considered to be one of the best of the old South African masters. His distinctive style is widely recognised and his work was greatly influenced by the South African landscape.

Pierneef’s work can be seen worldwide in many private, corporate and public collections, including the Africana Museum, Durban Art Gallery, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, Pierneef Museum and the Pretoria Art Gallery.

Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef

BORN: 13 August 1886

HOME TOWN: Pretoria, South African Republic

PARENT: Gerrit Pierneef

SPOUSE: Agatha Delen (m. 1910–1923)

DIED: 4 October 1957 (aged 71)

PLACE OF DEATH: Pretoria, South Africa

CHILDREN: Marita Pierneef-Bailey, Marita Pierneef


AWARDS: 1935 The Medal for Visual Arts for his Johannesburg Station Panels as well as for his panels in South Africa House in London, 1951 Honorary Doctorate, University of Natal, 1957 Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy, University of Pretoria…

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