Bettie Cilliers, famous SA painter, is born

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Bettie Cilliers

Wednesday, 18 November 1914

Bettie Cilliers-Barnard, famed SA painter and mother of actress Jana Celliers was born in Rustenburg, Transvaal. Though Cilliers-Bernard was at one time one of South Africa's underestimated artists, her contribution in helping young artists and her overall worldwide exposure during a time when only a few of our artists ventured outside the country, placed her between the top achievers. She has worked consistently all the time and was part of a unique group of artists who even in 1959 had an exhibition of non-figurative art, which was rather progressive for the time. She comes from the same era as some of our greatest old masters but was so futuristic in her style that she only in later years got the recognition she deserved.

References:
• Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau; Hayes, S. (ed)(2000).  Who's Who of Southern Africa 2001 ..., Graighall: Jonathan Ball.
• vgallary,'Jana Celliers was born'[Online] Available at:www.vgallery.co.za[Accessed 11 October 2013]

Last updated : 21-Oct-2014

This article was produced for South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011