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    Sale 7674

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    30 October 2008, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 14

    Ismael Fattah (Iraqi, b.1934-2004)

    Nine Faces

    Price Realised  


    Ismael Fattah (Iraqi, b.1934-2004)
    Nine Faces
    signed and dated 'Ismael 2000' (lower right) and signed in Arabic and dated '2000' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    59 x 47¾in. (150 x 121cm.)
    Painted in 2000

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    This spectacular work by the Iraqi artist Ismael Fattah is the largest and most important of his paintings to have appeared at auction.

    A recurrent theme in the paintings of Ismael Fattah was his fascination with the human faces or masks. 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.
    The placement of each face is emphasized within a square space to which it is allotted. Each one is thus contained in its place and often unable to see or speak.

    Saleroom Notice

    The support is paper laid down on canvas.

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

    Pre-Lot Text