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    Sale 7665

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    30 April 2008, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 57

    Charles Hossein Zenderoudi (Iranian, b. 1937)

    VAV + HWE

    Price Realised  


    Charles Hossein Zenderoudi (Iranian, b. 1937)
    VAV + HWE
    signed and dated 'Zenderoudi 72' (lower right); signed in Farsi, signed, titled and dated 'HOSSEIN ZENDEROUDI 1972 "VAV + HWE"' (on the reverse)
    acrylic on canvas
    78¾ x 78¾in. (200 x 200 cm.)
    Painted in 1972

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    Paintings with concentric compositions appear in Zenderoudi's work as early as 1963, but it was in the early 1970s that he fully explored this theme. In 1972 he painted a series of large paintings all in a square format and approximately two metres by two metres. In this series the concentric rings of letters create the illusion of perspective and a feeling of limitless space. Individual Persian letters are repeated countless times, predominantly in black and white, or variations of dark colours. The present work VAV+HWE is exceptional in its use of modulated tones of red, and the balance of black, white and red coloured masses are carefully controlled to produce an extraordinary vibrant effect.

    A black and white composition from the same series entitled MIUZ+SFKE, also painted in 1972 was acquired by the National Centre of Contemporary Art, Paris.

    Another work from this series is published in Ruyin Pakbaz and Yaghoub Emdadian (eds.), Pioneers of Iranian Modern Art: Charles-Hossein Zenderoudi, Tehran, 2001, p.81.

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