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    Sale 7477

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    31 October 2007, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 176


    Icons of the Nile 3

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    Icons of the Nile 3
    signed 'CHANT AVEDISSIAN LE CAIRE' (centre)
    gouache and gold paint on corrugated paper
    98 3/8 x 59in. (250 x 150cm.)
    Painted in Cairo in 1993

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    The main themes of his monotypes are the bygone eras of romance and glamour, musicals and melodramas, revolutions and ideal, beloved childhood heroes- stars, divas, and leaders, the famous and anonymous people of the Egyptian socialist propaganda machine, and urban and rural daily scenes. These depict an era, the Egypt of the 1950s, when the country was at the height of its cosmopolitanism and Middle Eastern intellectuals mingled. The era also represents the height of Egyptian popular culture: when Egyptian cinema- 'Hollywood on the Nile'- dominated most of the Arab world. Booming publishing houses made Cairo a meeting place to discuss anti-colonial ideas. R.Issa, Chant Avedissian: Cairo Stencils, London, 2006, p.8.


    Rose Issa (ed.), Chant Avedissian, Cairo Stencils, London, 2006, p. 35 (illustrated in colour)