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    Sale 7665

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    30 April 2008, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 195

    Massoud Arabshahi (Iranian, b. 1935)

    Untitled

    Price Realised  

    Massoud Arabshahi (Iranian, b. 1935)
    Untitled
    signed 'MASSOUD ARABSHAHI' and dated in Farsi (lower right)
    oil and aluminium on canvas
    78¾ x 72 7/8in. (200 x 185cm.)
    Executed in 2006


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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, leaving only the universal symbols, which begin to dominate his work.
    This mystical stage did not last long, but led to further developments, whereby Arabshahi's work began to take a more abstract path while retaining some impressionistic influences.