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Historical Artist - Bertha Everard (1873 - 1965)

Bertha Everard was born in Durban, South Africa 1873 - 1965

Art Education
- 1888 – 1890 Bertha Everard trained as a concert-pianist in Vienna, where she first started painting seriously.
- 1891 Bertha Everard studied art under Sir Hubert Herkomer at Bushey.
- 1893 Bertha Everard studied art at Slade and Westminister Schools, London, under Mouat; St Ives School of Landscape, Cornwall.
- 1925 – 1926 Studied art informally in Paris.

Short Artist Biography
- Educated in England;
- 1891 – 1901 Bertha Everard showed a talent for portraiture while studying in London, but concentrated on landscape painting from the time she worked in Cornwall; taught art at Walthamstow Hall, Sevenoaks, Kent; several works hung on the line at Royal Academies - Wild Parsley bought for Wednesbury Permanent Gallery (since resold).
- 1902 Bertha Everard returned to South Africa with Milner Teachers following the Anglo-Boer War; taught at Pretoria High School for Girls.
- 1903 Married CJ Everard, with whom she subsequently settled on the farm ‘Bonnefoi’, in the Carolina district of the Eastern Transvaal.
- 1910 The ‘Star’, 25 March 1910, hails “the discovery of a new South African painter” when Bertha Everard won the Gold Medal for an oil landscape, Mid-Winter on the Komati River (Peace of Winter), at the South African National Union art exhibition organized in Johannesburg by Florence Phillips.
- 1917 Elected a member of South African Society of Artists.
- 1922 – 1926 Bertha Everard took her family to Europe to study; lived in England and in Paris, during which time she painted actively, exhibited on the Paris Salon and was influenced by post-Impressionist styles.
- 1926 Bertha Everard returned to South Africa and a life of painting on the farm; painted exclusively in oils. Four of her paintings, Peace of Winter in the Johannesburg Art Gallery; Moonrise, Transvaal; On The Banks of the Komati; and Delville Wood, in the Pretoria Art Museum, were reproduced by the Medici Society. Peace of Winter was subsequently republished by E Schweikerdt, Pretoria.

Art Exhibitions
- Bertha Everard exhibited on the Royal Academy prior to 1902 and again in 1911 and 1923;
- 1910 SANU Exhibition of Arts and Grafts, Wanderers’ Club, Johannesburg. Exhibited on annual exhibitions of South Africa Provincial Art Societies.
- 1916 First one-man exhibition, Bloemfontein.
- 1924 South African Section, British Empire Exhibition, Wembley; Paris Salon.
- 1926 Paris Salon.
- 1936 Empire Exhibition, Johannesburg;
- 1952 Van Riebeeck Tercent Exhibition, Cape Town. Various exhibitions of the Everard Group during her life-time.
- 1967 Prestige Retrospective exhibition – ‘The Everard Group’, Pretoria Art Museum.

Public Art collections
-South African National Art Gallery, Cape Town; Johannesburg Art Gallery; Pretoria Art Museum; Durban Art Gallery; Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg; Libertas; William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley; National Museum, Bloemfontein; Libertas, Pretoria; Rand Mines, Johannesburg; South African House, London.

Berman, E. 1994. Art & Artists of South Africa . Southern Book Publishers.

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