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    Sale 7802

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    29 April 2009, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 127

    Massoud Arabshahi (Iranian, b. 1935)

    Untitled

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    Massoud Arabshahi (Iranian, b. 1935)
    Untitled
    signed and dated in Farsi (lower right); signed 'MASSOUD ARabshahi' and signed and dated (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    51.11/4 x 47¼in. (130 x 120cm.)
    Painted in 1975


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    Influenced by ancient bas-reliefs of Sumer, Babylon and ancient Iran, Massoud Arabshahi's work differed from that of the Saqqa-khaneh artists in that his subject matter was drawn from the pre-Islamic period in Iran rather than religious and folk imagery. In his earlier works the figures of ancient rock-cut art would be abstracted and highly patterned, providing a visual analogue with the works of artists as diverse as Qandriz and Tabrizi. Indeed, the linear treatment of form and division of space in the present painting, whilst drawn from different sources, shares with the others a similar visual language.

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