Artist Irma Stern (b.1894) spent most of her youth traveling from place to place, sparking the love for travel that would take her throughout Europe and Africa. Irma Stern's art, depicting the indigenous peoples of Swaziland, Mozambique, and South Africa, showcased the spiritual and emotional aspects of her subjects in thick, rich color.
Artist Irma Stern was the subject of controversy at her first exhibit in South Africa in 1922. Her realistic portraits of African tribal women naked from the waist up warranted a police investigation for immorality; at the time most of South Africa was very conservative and cut off from the rest of art world Irma Stern's art prices continue to climb, with one original painting entitled Nude valued at over $1 million in 2015. Browse striking portrait paintings for sale online to purchase a creative piece for your living space.