• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 1975

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    20 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 107

    ANWAR JALAL SHEMZA (1928-1985)

    Untitled

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    ANWAR JALAL SHEMZA (1928-1985)
    Untitled
    signed and dated '1959' in Urdu (upper right)
    mixed media on canvas
    18 7/8 x 7 in. (48 x 17.8 cm.) each
    Executed in 1959


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    From the early 1960's Shemza embarked on one of his very popular B/D letters series which rendered his works with a calligraphic quality.
    However there is an architectural basis in the same series which is inspired by the ornamentation of Lahore's Shishmahal Fort. This present work is constructed out of combinations of the Roman letters B and D, while still incorporating the technique of using muslin to add texture to his works.