• 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 66

    Louay Kayyali (Syrian, 1934 - 1978)

    Fisherman Smoking A Cigarette

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    Louay Kayyali (Syrian, 1934 - 1978)
    Fisherman Smoking A Cigarette
    signed and dated in Arabic (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    36½ x 28in. (92 x 72cm.)
    Painted in 1976


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    Kayyali's paintings of fishermen and boats from his last period were all painted in Arwad, the only inhabited island in Syria. A well-known fishing town, it remains a popular and relaxing place for residents larger cities to visit. Kayyali often passed through whilst he was convalescing. It was during this period that his figures took on a more monumental appearance. In the same year he was commissioned to create a mural for the National Museum of Damascus 1976, considered his final masterpiece.
    In this painting the silenced figure, gazing at the empty distance, turns his back to the sea. Oversized, he fills all available space in the canvas, with no freedom to move. The effect is almost architectural, the figure large and heavily poised resting on a strong base, reminiscent of the Egyptian pioneer sculptures (for an example, see lot 33).

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