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    Sale 7665

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    30 April 2008, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 1

    FATEH MOUDARRES (SYRIAN, 1922-1999)

    KAYCE AND LAYLA

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    FATEH MOUDARRES (SYRIAN, 1922-1999)
    KAYCE AND LAYLA
    signed 'Moudarres' and signed again in Arabic (lower right); titled and numbered 'Kayce & Layla n.7' on the reverse
    oil on canvas
    27 x 19in. (69 x 48.5cm.)
    Painted circa early 1970s


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    The story of Kayce and Layla (also known as Layla and Majnoon) is an Arab counterpart to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Kayce was a young man who loved Layla since childhood, and his feelings for her were reciprocated. However, her father denied them the chance to marry as Kayce was considered too lowly to be a suitable match. The pair were forcibly separated, and Kayce spent the remainder of his life wandering the desert longing for his beloved and composing poetry about his love. His love for her caused him madness, hence the name Majnoon (the Foolish ). This story is refered to in mystical and Sufi poetry as a metaphor for spiritual longing for the unobtainable.