• International Modern & Contemp auction at Christies

    Sale 7804

    International Modern & Contemporary Art

    27 October 2009, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 37

    Elias Zayat (Syrian, b. 1935)

    The Street Vendor

    Price Realised  


    Elias Zayat (Syrian, b. 1935)
    The Street Vendor
    signed and dated 'E.ZAYAT 1975' (lower right); signed, dated, titled and located in Arabic (lower right); signed in Arabic and dated '975' (on the reverse)
    pencil, ink, pen and oil on panel
    23¾ x 23¾in. (60 x 60cm.)
    Painted in 1975

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    This meticulous painting by Elias Zayat was a special commission by a collector, and encompasses all the elements of the old city of Damascus which inspired the artist. Special attention is paid to the more poetic aspects of the city which, with its landmarks, temples, and minarets and multitude of anecdotal detail, forms a kaleidoscopic view of the Syrian capital.

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