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    Sale 7477

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    31 October 2007, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 68

    ABDALLAH BENANTEUR (ALGERIAN, B. 1931)

    Les Nymphes

    Price Realised  

    ABDALLAH BENANTEUR (ALGERIAN, B. 1931)
    Les Nymphes
    signed 'benanteur' (lower right); signed, titled and dated Les Nymphes, Benanteur 92
    oil on canvas
    51¼ x 63¾in. (130 x 162cm.)
    Painted in 1992


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    Benanteur's paintings are magical, poised between abstraction and figuration. Transparent, glowing with countless colours and always associated with a prismatic refinement, they recall, without ever actually showing them, Brittany's endless spaces, the sea and the seserts before which the painter dreamed throughout his Algerian youth. Poetry is a constant in this artist's noble and singular world, about which Youri wrote so tellingly: "magnificently aloof, far from groups and modish cliques, he invents his own space, creates his personal time"

    From the Prologue, by Marc Héirissi p.9 translated by Ann Cremin in M. Hérissi, R.-J. Moulin, and B. Fabre , Benanteur: Peintures, Paris, 2005 p. 50.

    Literature

    M. H/aerissi, R.-J. Moulin, and B. Fabre, Benanteur: Peintures, Paris, 2005 (illustrated in colour, p.50).


    Exhibited

    Paris, Galerie Claude Lemand, Benanteur, Recent Paintings, 1992.