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    Sale 7477

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    31 October 2007, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 28

    GAZBIA SIRRY (EGYPTIAN, B. 1925)

    Martyr

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    GAZBIA SIRRY (EGYPTIAN, B. 1925)
    Martyr
    signed 'Gazbia' and signed again and dated in Arabic (centre left); inscribed in Arabic (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    53 x 19½in. (135 x 49.5cm.)
    Painted in 1961


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    Many of Sirry's paintings from the 1950s and 1960s carried important social messages. This painting addresses the poverty and famine in Africa, the emaciated figure barely clinging to the branch.
    Gazbia Sirry was a member of the Group of Modern Art, a movement which sought to express an Egyptian identity, formed at the time of the Egyptian revolution in 1952. In the words of a fellow member, the artist Hamed Oweis (b. 1919), they "rejected 'surrealism', because it was essentially a rebellion, or an art which did not aim at the consciousness of the people at large" (L. Karnouk, Modern Egyptian Art 1910-2003, Cairo, 1999, p. 80).

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE EGYPTIAN COLLECTION


    Literature

    Mursi Saad El-Din , Gazbia Sirry Lust for Color , Cairo 1998 (illustrated, no. 17)