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    Sale 7665

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    30 April 2008, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 29

    Asaad Arabi (Syrian, b. 1951)

    The Last Palace

    Price Realised  

    Asaad Arabi (Syrian, b. 1951)
    The Last Palace
    signed and dated 'ARABI 2007' (lower left)
    acrylic on canvas
    73¾ x 73¾in. (190 x 190cm.)
    Painted in 2007


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    The Last Palace is the three story house which belonged to the artist's grandmother, situated in an attractive hidden street in what he feels was his formerly beautiful city. The house still stands today, amidst the ugliness resulting from the destruction of many beautiful houses surrounding, it caused by the new planning of the city of Damascus. UNESCO interfered and saved the building, it was not sympathetically restored, so Arabi painted it from memory rather than from life.
    This painting is from the collection entitled Shameyat (Views of Damascus) which is a dedicated to the 2008 celebration of Damascus as the Capital of Arab Culture.