Irma Stern (1894-1966) is recognized as one of the foremost South African artists of the twentieth century. Her work forms a part of many prestigious collections and has fetched record auction prices in recent years. Stern’s output was prolific and her subject matter included figures, portraits, lush landscapes and still lifes. She worked in a variety of media, including oils, watercolour, gouache and charcoal.

The Irma Stern Museum was established in 1971 and houses a collection of the artist’s work, books, possessions and valuable artefacts, as well as having a marvellous garden and contemporary art gallery.

The museum is in the house the artist lived in for almost four decades. Several of the rooms are furnished as she arranged them, while upstairs there is a commercial gallery that exhibits contemporary South African artists.

Various collections assembled by Irma Stern create an extraordinarily rich and highly individual domestic environment, which reflect the artist's interests and tastes. There is furniture, ceramics and textiles from many parts of the world, including Europe, Africa and the East, but are not confined to a particular period. Artefacts date from classical and medieval times to those designed in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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