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    Sale 7674

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    30 October 2008, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 144

    Elie Kanaan (Lebanese, b. 1926)

    Mediterranean Sea,

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    Elie Kanaan (Lebanese, b. 1926)
    Mediterranean Sea,
    signed 'E.S.KANAAN' (lower left); signed 'E.S.KANAAN'(on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    51 1/8 x 63¾in. (130 x 162cm.)
    Painted in 1981


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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.