• 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 19

    Abdul Hadi El-Gazzar (Egyptian, 1925 - 1965)

    Abstraction 1

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    Abdul Hadi El-Gazzar (Egyptian, 1925 - 1965)
    Abstraction 1
    signed and dated 'Elgazzar 59' (lower right)
    oil on board
    25 3/8 x 29.1./2in. (64.5 x 75cm.)
    Painted in 1959

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    Pre-Lot Text

    Lots 19 and 20 are two works from of a four-piece series created in 1959 in Rome from parts of a large painting. They show very clearly the influence of Italian abstract and futurist styles which affected El-Gazzar's work during his stay, and are amongst the earliest examples from the third stage in his career. El-Gazzar could not easily transport the large work back to Egypt and so cut it into four equal parts. Having shipped it back to Cairo he reworked each into a separate abstract composition.
    Each one depicts an imaginary universe where scale and clarity of form come secondary to speed and movement. Moons, planets, radar dishes and machinery appear within mesh-like like patterns resembling radio masts, beams of electromagnetic energy and the movement of celestial bodies and objects. These web-like elements prefigure those in much of El-Gazzar's work of the 1960s, making these paintings the precursor to his final and most unusual series, the World of Space.



    Sobhy Al-Sharouny, Abdel Hadi Al-Gazzar, Cairo, 2007 (illustrated in colour, p.89)