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    Sale 7674

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    30 October 2008, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 27

    Ismael Al-Sheikhly (Iraqi, 1924-2002)

    Watermelon Sellers

    Price Realised  


    Ismael Al-Sheikhly (Iraqi, 1924-2002)
    Watermelon Sellers
    signed and dated 'I.AL.CHEKHLI 58'and in Arabic (lower right); signed and titled in Arabic (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    31 x 38½in.(79.5 x 97.5cm.)
    Painted in 1958

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    The present lot is an outstanding early example of the work of Ismael Al-Shaikhly. Depicting watermelon sellers in traditional dress, the composititon, with its subtle yet insistent emphasis on the curvilinear versus the straight line, is clearly related to the style of Jewad Selim, as is the subject of the watermelon itself, yet the combination of strong abstract geometry with realistic detail is something new in Iraqi painting.

    The quality of this painting was recognized at the time, and it was exhibited in Belgrade in the former Yugoslavia (now Serbia) in a travelling exhibition of Iraqi art in 1960.

    Saleroom Notice

    This lot was sourced in the UAE and if bought by a UAE resident is duty exempt.

    Pre-Lot Text



    Belgrade, Masarikova 4, Savremena Iracka Umentnost, Komisja Za Kulturne Veze Sa Inonstranstvom, March-April 1960 (illustrated on the cover of the brochure)