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    Sale 7477

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    31 October 2007, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 136

    MASSOUD ARABSHAHI (IRANIAN, B. 1935)

    Celebration of Life

    Price Realised  

    MASSOUD ARABSHAHI (IRANIAN, B. 1935)
    Celebration of Life
    signed and dated in Farsi (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    78¾ x 72in. (200 x 183cm.)
    Painted in 1999


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    From the 1990s onwards, Arabshahi's doubts about language being an adequate means of expression become ever more evident in his paintings . Ancient motifs, cuneiform and mathematical symbols all become less prevalent. Only the universal symbols remain, and begin to dominate his work.
    This mystical stage did not last long, paved the way for further developments, whereby Arabshahi's work began to take a more abstract path while retaining some impressionistic influences.