Desmond, Nerine (1908 – 1993)
Nerine Desmond was born in 1908 in Constantia, in the Western Cape. She was a versatile artist, who was
accorded recognition particularly for her work in watercolour. In other media, her emphasis was on the
decorative and illustrative aspects of composition and during her career she devised or adopted several non-
painterly procedures, which lend themselves to decorative effects.
Her watercolour paintings were devoted primarily to land and seascape. Figures occurred frequently in her oil
canvases and panels. Her emphasis was on two main themes which were pastoral subjects, showing sheep and
goats and their attendant shepherds.
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