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    Sale 7802

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    29 April 2009, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 15

    Fateh Moudarres (Syrian, 1922-1999)


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    Fateh Moudarres (Syrian, 1922-1999)
    signed and dated 'Moudarres 73' and signed in Arabic (lower right); signed, located and dated 'Moudarres Damas 1973' and signed in Arabic twice and dated '1973-1989' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    39½ x 59in. (100 x 150cm.)
    Painted in 1973-1989

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    In many of his paintings, Fateh Moudarres portrayed a faceless crowd, the generalized figures representing a powerless mass stripped of identity. The figures are often shown without a mouth, reflecting their inability to express personal opinion, or with their eyes shut, oblivious to the events that surround them. In the mind of the artist, personal tragedies, such as the death of his two children at an early age, were linked to the political events and social tragedies in the Middle East

    In such works there is a powerful sense of loss, just as Moudarres and his contemporaries felt the loss of the Golan Heights and the pain of the civil war in. Ideas such as the Loss of the Arab Dream, human cruelty, lack of justice and morality and the transformation of the human being into a monster, all come through strongly in his interviews.

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