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    Sale 7802

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    29 April 2009, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 14

    Louay Kayyali (Syrian 1934-1978)

    Seated Boy

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    Louay Kayyali (Syrian 1934-1978)
    Seated Boy
    signed and dated in Arabic (lower right)
    oil and charcoal on masonite
    37½ x 29½in. (95 x 75cm.)
    Painted in 1973


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    Active during a time of immense upheaval in the Arab world, Kayyali was one of its most prominent socio-political artists, his paintings externalising the pressing humanitarian and political issues that surrounded him. His powerful depictions of ordinary people are characterized by strong fluid lines that define the figures and the absence of extraneous detail. Although reminiscent of Russian social realist painting, through his humane treatment of his subjects he conferred them with more individuality and pathos.

    In the 1970s the social-realist paintings in Louay Kayyali's repertoire depict dispossessed working-class figures, where the focus is a single figure, typically boys forced to work in menial jobs rather than attending school, or men and women engaged in thankless tasks.

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