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    Sale 7665

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    30 April 2008, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 25

    Louay Kayyali (Syrian, 1934-1978 )

    The Laundrette

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Louay Kayyali (Syrian, 1934-1978 )
    The Laundrette
    signed and dated in Arabic (centre right)
    oil and charcoal on panel
    32¾ x 40½in. (85.5 x 102.8cm.)
    Painted in 1971


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    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 such as shoe-shiners and newspaper or lottery ticket vendors, rather than attending school, or men and women engaged in thankless tasks. The present lot is one such example, where the humble laundrette is bent over her washing basin, diligently performing her duties.