• International Modern & Contemp auction at Christies

    Sale 7893

    International Modern & Contemporary Art, Including Masterpieces from The Collection of Dr. Mohammed Said Farsi

    27 April 2010, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 16

    Abdallah Benanteur (Algerian, b. 1931)


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    Abdallah Benanteur (Algerian, b. 1931)
    signed 'Benanteur' (lower right); signed, titled and dated 'Benanteur 97 L'AURORE' (on the reverse)
    oi on canvas
    59 x 59in. (150 x 150cm.)
    Painted in 1997

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    "Benanteur's paintings have formal and sensitve beauty, with a strong visual impact, being neither figurative, insofar as the image could replace a photographic object, nor abstract, because they are always rooted within the elements of a deeply observed and felt nature... Lyrical landscapes, in which the imaginary struggle with deeply buried memories. A floating world, close to that of Chinese painting, in which top and bottom are interchangeable within a limitless space. But Benanteur never leaves any empty spaces, and his surface is worked over with coloured inflections, recalling earth's transparencies, or water's motions, or else that of scudding clouds, leading to liquid and amoshperhic fusion"
    Marc Herisse, translated by Ann Cremin Prologue in Claude Lemand (ed.), Benanteur, Vol. 1: Paintings, Paris, 2002, p.9.

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