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    Sale 7665

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    30 April 2008, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 13

    Kamel Moustafa (Egyptian, 1917-1982)

    The Seller of Lupines

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    Kamel Moustafa (Egyptian, 1917-1982)
    The Seller of Lupines
    signed 'K. Moustafa' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    19 x 28½in. (48.5 x 72.5cm.)
    Painted in 1954

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    In his early period, Kamel Moustafa depicted scenes of Cairo and the Nile in an impressionist style. This changed, however, when he left for his period of study in Italy. There he was exposed to various trends, including post-impressionism other modernist styles.
    By the beginning of the 1950s he had absorbed these and his work during that decade passed through a distinctly modernist phase, where compostion and execution were carefully controlled. As with many artists in Egypt working just after the Revolution, he turned to depicting scenes of Egyptian popular culture, endowing them with a new nobility. This painting embodies this modernist period in Moustafa's work.


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    Pre-Lot Text



    Alexandria, First Mediterranean Biennial, 1954