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    Sale 7802

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    29 April 2009, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 21

    Abolghassem Saidi (Iranian, b. 1926)

    Trees

    Price Realised  

    Abolghassem Saidi (Iranian, b. 1926)
    Trees
    Signed and dated 'Saidi 82' (lower left on right panel)
    oil on canvas, triptych
    each 144 x 48in. (366 x 122cm.); overall 144 x 144in.(366 x 366cm.)
    Painted in 1982


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    This huge triptych painting by Abolghassem Saidi is one of the artist's greatest multi- panel works, and comes from an American private collection. Depicting trees swaying against strong high wind at sunrise, the subject has a long history in Islamic and pre Islamic art of Iran, where trees and gardens have always been important motifs. Trees appear regularly in Iranian Islamic miniatures, and these works by Saidi resembles details of these miniatures magnified hundreds if not thousands of times.

    Abolghassem Saidi is best known for his paintings of trees and still lifes. In his images of trees, he concentrates on the branches, leaves and blossoms. His still lifes are highly composed, and focus on flowers and vases. His treatment of both these themes is highly contemplative and the subject seems suspended in time.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF AN AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTOR