• International Modern & Contemp auction at Christies

    Sale 7893

    International Modern & Contemporary Art, Including Masterpieces from The Collection of Dr. Mohammed Said Farsi

    27 April 2010, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 71

    Farah Ossouli (Iranian, b. 1953)

    Untitled (From Hafiz Series)

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    Farah Ossouli (Iranian, b. 1953)
    Untitled (From Hafiz Series)
    signed and dated in Farsi (lower right), signed and dated 'FARAH OSSOULI 2003-6' (lower left); signed, titled and dated 'FARAH OSSOULI From Hafiz Series 2003-2005' (on a label on the reverse)
    gouache on cardboard
    29½ x 24in. (75 x 61cm.)
    Executed in 2003-2006

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    Despite her strict compliance with the characteristics of traditional miniature painting, Farah Ossouli avoids reproducing the exact replicas of the old miniatures. The modern ambiance of her miniatures leaves out the obsolete elements that have no place in the present era. Moreover, subjects such as mythology and life itself, which are beyond time and space, complement the elaborately-painted traditional miniatures.
    Ossuli's miniatures are partially inspired by Persian poetry, and more particularly the lyrics its great exponent Hafez. The philosophical aspects observed in her paintings render a valuable dimension and distinguish her style from mere objective and superficial modernization.

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