• International Modern & Contemp auction at Christies

    Sale 7804

    International Modern & Contemporary Art

    27 October 2009, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 113

    Mehdi Farhadian (Iranian, b. 1980)

    O Favorable Wind Arise

    Price Realised  


    Mehdi Farhadian (Iranian, b. 1980)
    O Favorable Wind Arise
    signed and dated 'M.Farhadian 2009' (lower right); signed 'M.Farhadian' and signed in Farsi (on the reverse)
    acrylic on canvas
    71 x 90¾in. (180 x 230 cm.)
    Painted in 2009

    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Contact the department

    This work is based on the The Raft of the Medusa (1818-1819) by the French Romantic painter Thodore Gericault (17911824). Excecuted by Gericault when he was just 27, it has become an icon of French Romanticism. Gericault's work depicts survivors from the wreck of the French naval frigate Meduse, which ran aground off the coast of Mauritania in 1816. There were at least 147 people who survived the sinking, and clung to a hurriedly constructed raft. Only fifteen of them were left by the time of rescue, thirteen days afterwards. Those who survived endured starvation, dehydration, cannibalism, and madness. Farhadian's version is set in his familar contemporary context. An atmosphere of disaster reigns as suited men are scrambling around the raft in a state of chaos as a standing figure distributes leaflets into the air.

    Special Notice

    lots are subject to 5% import Duty on the importation value (low estimate) levied at the time of collection shipment within UAE. For UAE buyers, please note that duty is paid at origin (Dubai) and not in the importing country. As such, duty paid in Dubai is treated as final duty payment. It is the buyer's responsibility to ascertain and pay all taxes due.