Naude, Hugo (1869 – 1941)
Pieter Hugo Naude was born on the farm, ‘Aan de Doorns’in the Worcester district in the Western
Cape. After being schooled at Over Hex and Worcester, he returned to the family farm, his talent was
recognized and encouraged, most notably by Olive Schreiner. In 1889 he went to London where he
studied at the Slade School. After the studies he worked for a short while in Italy. Between 1890 – 1894
he attended ‘Kunst Akadamie, Munich’.
He returned to South Africa in 1896 where he painted on the farm or else travelled by caravan to
Namaqualand, Drakensberg or even as far as Victoria Falls. In 1904 he moved to Worcester where he
built his house and studio. In 1913 he went to London to study etchings at Kings Road School as well
further studies in Munich. He got married in 1915 to Julia Brown of Cape Town.
Following his marriage Hugo Naude seldom left Worcester, except on painting expeditions. In 1939 he
was awardedMedal of Honour for Painting by the South African Akademie.
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- Pieter Hugo Naude
Born: 1868 Worcester, Cape Province
Died: 1941 Worcester, Cape Province
1889-90: Slade School London, under Alphonse Le Gros.
1890-94: Kunst Akademie, Munich, under portraitist Franz von Lenbach.
1895: with the Barbizon Group, Fontainebleau.
1913: etching at Kings Road School, London; further study
Born on the farm, 'Aan-de-Doorns'; his second name, by which he is known to the public, was his mother's family-name. After schooling at Over Hex and Worcester, Pieter Hugo Naudé returned to the farm; his talent was recognized and encouraged, notably by Olive Schreiner.
1889: Pieter Hugo Naudé went with her to Europe; she provided an introduction to Havelock Ellis, who recommended the Slade School. Following his studies in London and Europe, Pieter Hugo Naudé worked for a short while in Italy.
1896: Pieter Hugo Naudé returned to South Africa, painted on the farm, mainly portraiture; travelled by caravan to Namaqualand, Drakensberg and as far as the Victoria Falls; completed numerous silverpoint drawings.
1902: Pieter Hugo Naudé joined the South African Society of Artists and exhibited with the Society.
1904-13: moved to Worcester where he built his home and studio (preserved as Hugo Naude House); became known as "Artist Naude".
1913: Pieter Hugo Naudé journeyed via the East Coast to Jerusalem; a further year of study in London and in Munich.
1915: Pieter Hugo Naudé married Julia Brown of Cape Town.
1917: Pieter Hugo Naudé included in Roworth's essay `Landscape Art in South Africa in the Studio publication `Art of the British Empire Overseas'. His life following his marriage was uneventful; he seldom left Worcester, except on painting expeditions; gave his interest and service to the town; a devoted gardener - created Worcester Garden of Remembrance, a memorial to the dead of WW1; very active in the scouting movement.
1935: was presented with Scout Medal of Merit.
1936: Pieter Hugo Naudé designed the rockeries for the Empire Exhibition, Johannesburg.
1937: painted a view of the Hex Valley as a gift from Worcester Chamber of Commerce to SA House, London.
1939: Pieter Hugo Naudé awarded Medal of Honour for Painting by South African Akademie.
1941: following his death, his home and many paintings were purchased by Worcester admirers for preservation in honour of his memory.
1902: First South African Society of Artists exhibition, Cape Town.
1910: South African National Union Exhibition, Johannesburg.
1930: South African Academy Exhibitions, Johannesburg.
1924: South African Section, Empire , Wembley.
1936 Empire Exhibition, Johannesburg.
1948: Overseas Exhibition South African Art
1953: Rhodes Centenary Exhibition, Bulawayo.
1969: Retrospective Exhibition, Pretoria Art Museum, Johannesburg Art Gallery, South African National Gallery (Centenary).
1979: `South African Printmakers', South African National Gallery.
Hugo Naude House, Worcester; South African National Gallery, Cape Town; Pretoria Art Museum; Durban Art Gallery; Ann Bryant Gallery, East Lodnon; William Humphreys Gallery, Kimberly; Albany Museum, Grahamstown; Queenstown Art Gallery; Rembrandt Art Foundation; Johannesburg Art Gallery; Wits Galleries.