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    Sale 7665

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    30 April 2008, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 64

    MAHMOUD HAMMAD (SYRIAN, 1923-1988)

    ALLAH MALIK AL SAMAWAT

    Price Realised  

    MAHMOUD HAMMAD (SYRIAN, 1923-1988)
    ALLAH MALIK AL SAMAWAT
    signed and dated 'Hammad 79'and signed in Arabic (lower right); titled in Arabic (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    39 x 39in. (99 x 99cm.)
    Painted in 1979


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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.