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    Sale 7674

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    30 October 2008, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 37

    Hussein Madi (Lebanese, b. 1932)

    Birds

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    Hussein Madi (Lebanese, b. 1932)
    Birds
    signed and dated 'MADI 1983' (lower right); signed and dated 'MADI 1983 ROMA' (on the reverse)
    acrylic on canvas
    55 1/8 x 55 1/8in. (140 x 140cm.)
    Painted in 1983 in Rome


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    Hussein Madi's work is characterized by an extremely personal fusion of European and Islamic influences. Drawing inspiration from Western artists such as Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, Madi combines this with the principles of divine harmony that inform the abstract designs of Islamic art. Whether in two or three dimensions, the seeming spontaneity of Madi's lines belies the exacting, calculations that underline each work, a combination of meticulousness and sensuality, combined with his deep belief in God's universal order, in which everything, while being different, is composed of the same fundamental elements.