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    Sale 7665

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    30 April 2008, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 14

    Adham Wanly (Egyptian, 1908-1959)

    The Singer

    Price Realised  

    Adham Wanly (Egyptian, 1908-1959)
    The Singer
    signed and dated 'Wanly 52' (lower right); signed and titled in Arabic (on the reverse)
    oil on board
    18 x 23¼in. (45.5 x 59cm.)
    Painted in 1952


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    The brothers Seif and Adham Wanly worked closely together in the same studio. On the surface, their work shows striking similarities, but on careful inspection, there are distinct differences. Adham's work was always rooted in the sensations from the world around him, an extension of impressionism and post-impressionism. Seif's paintings are more abstracted, geometrical and conceptual, anticipating tendencies in international contemporary art.
    The brothers shared a fascination for music and dance. Their tastes were eclectic: folk and classical music, jazz singers and ballet dancers all appear in their paintings.

    Exhibited

    Cairo, Syndicate of the Graduates of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Al-Borsa Al-Jadideh St., April 1953