Starting from April 1994 that is from the very moment of abolishment of apartheid, the experience gathered through the common existence on the territory of the Republic of South Africa of both white and black people, produced a completely new quality which has since then been proudly defined as the Rainbow Nation. New liberal policy of the state brought about changes and a true transformation in the world of art and as a result caused a need among historians and critics of art of revising hitherto majority of existing opinions and beliefs and it created a need to write a completely new history of art outright, which would capture the essence of the indigenously African tradition which was neglected and skipped earlier. The most important "neglected" and newly "discovered" South African art creators were among others: G. Sekoto, G. Pemba, G. Bhengu, and G. Mgudlandlu. Moreover many art creators began seeking such forms of artistic statements which would underline and confirm the existence of the common experience and uniqueness of all South Africans, rather than seeking the various differences arising from skin colour. The stress and interests were shifted to the specific African experience, as well as on Africa - centred consciousness. In the earlier period on this area of South Africa, the official policy of the white ruling minority was aimed at denying altogether the existence of mutual actions and opinions and especially the social status. The starting point of all my reflections and considerations on this topic is to single out several constructive plots which might serve to explain the question of perception of the indigenous art of South Africa by its white population (I concentrate especially on artof the 1940's and on such white artists as: H. J. Pierneef, B. Everard, I. Stern) and the presentation of African problems and topics in the art of the early white settlers (ex. drawers and sketchers from the 19th century such as: S. Daniell, F. I'Ons or T. Baines).
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