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Walter Battiss

1902-1982

Born in 1906 in Somerset East (South Africa), he spent most of his childhood in the rural Orange Free State, where he explored the local Bushmen Rock Art and developed an interest in archaeology. He wrote two books on Bushmen Art. Unlike most South African artists of the time, he did not study overseas. Walter Battiss only attained a formal degree in Fine Arts at the age of 32.

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