• International Modern & Contemp auction at Christies

    Sale 7893

    International Modern & Contemporary Art, Including Masterpieces from The Collection of Dr. Mohammed Said Farsi

    27 April 2010, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 63

    Hussein Madi (Lebanese, b. 1938)

    Birds

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    Hussein Madi (Lebanese, b. 1938)
    Birds
    signed and dated 'Madi 2005' and in Arabic (lower left), signed and dated 'Madi 2005.1.1 AC' and in Arabic (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    55 x 59in. (140 x 150cm.)
    Painted in 2005


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    Hussein Madi's work is characterized by his fusion of European and Islamic influences. Drawing inspiration from Western artists such as Matisse and 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 which underlie them, a combination of meticulousness, sensuality and his belief in God's universal order in which everything is composed of the same fundamental elements.