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    Sale 7477

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    31 October 2007, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 99

    ELIE KANAAN (LEBANESE, B. 1926)

    Le balai de la politique

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    ELIE KANAAN (LEBANESE, B. 1926)
    Le balai de la politique
    signed 'E.S.KANAAN' (lower left); signed again 'E.S.KANAAN' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    47 x 62 7/8in. (119.6 x 159.5cm.)
    Painted in 1991


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    Elie Kanaan's atmospheric brand of abstract painting is based on nature. His more recent work was inspired by the meditative qualities of the Lebanese mountains. Within his compositions he moves between the nebulous and the solid, his colours alternately emphasizing light and form. Kanaan's paintings often convey within a single canvas several contradictory emotions, but they remain essentially uplifting in mood.