• International Modern & Contemp auction at Christies

    Sale 7804

    International Modern & Contemporary Art

    27 October 2009, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 4

    Mahmoud Hammad (Syrian, 1923-1988)

    Al-Rahman Al-Rahim

    Price Realised  

    Mahmoud Hammad (Syrian, 1923-1988)
    Al-Rahman Al-Rahim
    signed and dated 'Hammad 82' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    27¼ x 31in. (69 x 79cm.)
    Painted in 1982


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    Since the 1950s the use of Arabic letters and calligraphy in contemporary Arab painting and sculpture has spread rapidly. In fact, and that it became rare for any Arab artist not to experiment with these traditional motifs.
    Hammad's approach was quite different from most. Rather than attempting to treat the characters in a clear, readable way, his style instead developed into a more mysterious way of rendering the words, expressing their message his highly abstracted compositions.

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