Obituary: Esmé Berman, pioneering historian of SA art and artists

11 June 2017 - 02:00 By Chris Barron

Esmé Berman, who has died in Johannesburg at the age of 87, was the foremost historian of South African art and artists.Her book, Art and Artists of South Africa, which was published in 1970, was the foundation text for all subsequent historians and scholars of South African art.In addition to writing several important books about South African art and artists, she was a riveting lecturer and broadcaster on the subject.

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