• 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 120

    Mahjoub Ben Bella (Algerian, b. 1946)

    Foule Noire

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    Mahjoub Ben Bella (Algerian, b. 1946)
    Foule Noire
    signed and dated 'Ben Bella 86-89'(lower right); titled, signed and located 'Foule Noir' Mahdjoub Ben Bella, Zourcoing'
    acrylic on canvas
    63¾ x 51in. (162 x 130cm.)
    Painted in 1986-1989


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    Ben Bella's compositions are characterized by repeated application of sign-like marks which recall script. Colours are concentrated into forms, filled with talismanic script. The symbols are based on Arabic calligraphy, blended with the colours of Western Abstract Expressionism. Ben Bella's signs and symbols have discarded their literal meaning altogether, retaining only pictorial forms.

    Exhibited

    Tourcoing, Musee des Beaux-Arts, Mahjoub Ben Bella, 18 January - 2 April 1997.
    Roubaix, Musee d'Art et d'Industrie, Mahjoub Ben Bella 18 January - 2 April 1997.
    Sevres, Musee de la Cramique, Summer 1998, p. 49 (illustated in colour).