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    Sale 7665

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    30 April 2008, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 163

    Ghass Rouzkhosh (Iranian, b. 1964)

    Signs of Life

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    Ghass Rouzkhosh (Iranian, b. 1964)
    Signs of Life
    signed and dated 'R_gh 2001' (lower left); signed and dated 'GHASS 2001' (on the reverse)
    gloss paint on canvas with painted and carved wooden frame
    31½ x 39½in. (80 x 100cm.)
    Painted in 2001


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    'Wild beasts kill only to eat. We insult them when we compare them to men, who shape a bloodstained history for reasons inconceivable to animals: that pure ferocity inherent in our nature. Vainly we tell ourselves that life comes out on top: in the final analysis its defeat is ineluctable, as the three colours in this picture suggest: black moves in, red endures, white fades as life leaks away. It is up to us to ensure that the martyrs were not tortured in vain. It is up to us to leave signs of life.' Stephane Guibourge, Ghass Rouzkhosh, Paris, 2007.

    Literature

    Stephane Guibourge, Ghass Rouzkhosh, Paris, 2007 (illustrated in colour)