• International Modern & Contemp auction at Christies

    Sale 7804

    International Modern & Contemporary Art

    27 October 2009, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 138

    Hafidh Al-Droubi (Iraqi, 1914-1991)

    Street Scene in Baghdad

    Price Realised  

    Hafidh Al-Droubi (Iraqi, 1914-1991)
    Street Scene in Baghdad
    signed and dated in Arabic (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    37¼ x 17¾in. (95 x 45cm.)
    Painted in 1976


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    Hafidh Al-Droubi was one of the first Iraqi artists to study art in Europe, who adhered to academics styles. This group was later referred to as the Pioneers, and were members of an all-Iraqi faculty at the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad. Al-Droubi produced realistic paintings, with naturalistic dimensions and perspective of daily traditional Baghdadi scenes, a rapidly disappearing rural life, cityscapes, and historical subjects, with a distinct use of light. Most of his mature works kept a similar subject matter, but his style became more cubist and abstracted style, with straight distinct lines and flat colours.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, BEIRUT