• International Modern & Contemp auction at Christies

    Sale 7893

    International Modern & Contemporary Art, Including Masterpieces from The Collection of Dr. Mohammed Said Farsi

    27 April 2010, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 54

    Mohammed Ehsai (Iranian, b. 1939)

    Eshgh (Love)

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    Mohammed Ehsai (Iranian, b. 1939)
    Eshgh (Love)
    signed and dated in Farsi (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    59 x 59in. 150 x 150 cm.
    Painted in 2007

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    Mohammed Ehsai's work is the continuation of an artistic movement which combines traditional techniques with modern artistic form. Applying calligraphy as the main element of his works he uses his knowledge of graphic arts to create impressive pictures. Other than traditional Persian calligraphy, Eshai's works can be divided into two categories: Calligraphy-Paintings and the Eternal Alphabet.

    In his Calligraphy Paintings, Ehsai's visual language is strongly influenced by structural calculations and the use of calligraphy in architecture, which has a long history in Islamic art. Here Ehsai offers a new interpretation of the tradition of graphic arts by transforming coloration, execution and the use of material in a reconfigured sphere that has been made possible by modern graphics. Those pieces which represent a painterly technique with more personal focus tend to convey the artistic passion of the artist, including black and white pictures bearing long alifs (the first letter of the Arabic/Persian alphabet), filled in between with other letters, smaller and denser in their composition. Others, such as this example, take the form of a circular composition based on a single word.

    The significance of these works lies in their ability to create abstract forms through the use of lines. The austere distribution of words within the frame is indicative of a supreme order derived from centuries of utopian idealism within religion. Since the written word has historically been used as a tool for the documentation and transfer of knowledge, each written piece, before even being read, holds an intellectual weight. As such, the presence of written forms and words in an artistic creation, let alone in calligraphic art, places that piece in a symbolic order of meaning.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    "I have culled reporting and narration from 'the written word', making the form of the letter the main element of my work; in this way, I have achieved individual compositions which are essentially visual structures based on the architecture of letters".
    Mohammed Ehsai