• 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 43

    Fateh Moudarres (Syrian, 1922-1999)

    Farewell To The Gods In Beirut

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    Fateh Moudarres (Syrian, 1922-1999)
    Farewell To The Gods In Beirut
    each panel signed 'Moudarres' and in Arabic, and dated '1986' (lower right, on each panel); each panel signed and dated on the reverse
    oil and gold leaf on canvas; four panels
    each: 47 x 31in. (120 x 79cm.); overall: 47 x 124in. (120 x 316cm.)
    Executed in 1986 (4)

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    The Lebanese Civil War, which erupted in 1975, completely divided Beirut. Beyond the division into East and West Beirut, and the factionalism division, this division also broke the heart of Arab Nationals from the neighboring countries. Many Lebanese fled the capital as most services in the city collapsed. Supplies of power and water became unreliable, and refuse was dumped in a landfill in the Mediterranean. All of this in a city previously referred too as the heaven on earth in the Middle East.
    In this monumental work Moudarres is protesting to the various Arab leaders, including the religious leaders of the various the sects and factions, accusing them of turning their backs to his beloved adopted city.
    Painted in the 1980s, this work refers not only to events current at that time, but the entire collective history of the region. Typical of his work, elements are connected and interconnected. Objects and figures are treated similarly which breaks down the boundaries between them. With an effect akin to the surface of a mosaic, this natural flow of people, faces, women and children, is trapped between the sky and the earth. Despite this, there are juxtapositions of emotions and feelings. There is anger in some of the figures, goodness in others. Life, according to Moudarres was never one-sided- he was always sought a balance. Here he is crying out for the balance to be restored to Beirut.

    Pre-Lot Text



    New York, Chelsea Art Museum, ItaliaArabia, 10 December 2008 - 7 February 2009.