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    Sale 7665

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    30 April 2008, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 54

    Ismael Fattah (Iraqi, 1934-2004)

    Collection of Heads

    Price Realised  

    Ismael Fattah (Iraqi, 1934-2004)
    Collection of Heads
    signed in Arabic and dated '2001' (lower right); signed and titled in Arabic (on the reverse)
    acrylic on canvas
    37 3/8 x 29½in. (95 x 75cm.)
    Painted in 2001


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    A recurrent theme with the paintings of Ismael Fattah was his fascination with the human faces. Often his faces are shown lacking certain features, without a mouth, or without the eyes, but always portrayed with a certain strength. Sometimes these faces are watching or saying something, but usually his faces have lost at least one of their senses.