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    Sale 7802

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    29 April 2009, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 130

    Hamed Nada (Egyptian, 1924 - 1990)


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    Hamed Nada (Egyptian, 1924 - 1990)
    signed 'H. Nada' and signed in Arabic (lower right), titled dated and inscribed 'Hamed Nada "Talk" 1981 oil on canvas on paper' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas laid down on cardboard
    27 1/8 x 19¼in. (69 x 49cm.)
    Painted in 1981

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    The later paintings of Hamed Nada are filled with anecdotal details. Rich in nuances of mystery and magic, together they evoke a sense of folklore, woven from a tapestry of Arabian Nights, pharaonic mythology and popular legends.
    The son of a religious sheikh, Hamed Nada was brought up in an old Arabic house in the poor traditional neighbourhood of Al-Khalifa near the Syeda Skina Mosque in Cairo. Around him the young Nada experienced all the life and vibrancy of the old city, rich in medieval Mamluk buildings and gracious Ottoman-era monuments. The seething street markets and succession Mawlid festivals celebrating Muslim saints in this architecturally stunning setting were to have a profound impact on the artist's subsequent work.
    His earlier paintings carried a strong social message and powerful execution, which employed surrealist iconography to heighten the sense of drama, but from the mid-1950s onwards Hamed Nada's style underwent major changes. He began to look at the work of Ragheb Ayad, from the first generation of Egyptian pioneer artists, who had reinterpreted pharaonic art in his portrayals of ordinary Egyptians. Also for inspiration Nada looked to Nubian folk art and African primitive art. Also for inspiration Nada looked to Nubian folk art and African primitive art.

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