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    Sale 7477

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    31 October 2007, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 22

    MENHAT HELMY (EGYPTIAN, 1925-2003)

    Procession to Work

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    MENHAT HELMY (EGYPTIAN, 1925-2003)
    Procession to Work
    signed and dated in Arabic (lower left); signed and dated again in Arabic (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    28 x 40in. (71 x 102cm.)
    Painted in 1957

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    Menhat Helmy was one of the few women artists of her generation who managed to complete their studies abroad. She attended the Slade School of Fine Art in London between 1952 and 1955.

    Influenced by revolutionary ideology and integrating the kind of socialist imagery with specifically Egyptian themes, her work from the 1950s often carries a strong social message. This painting, resembling a frieze of workers an in a pharaonic mould, is typical of her work of this period. In later decades she was to turn away from figurative painting as her style and subject matter became ever more abstract.

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