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    Sale 7477

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    31 October 2007, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 72

    MOHAMMED KACIMI (MOROCCAN, 1942-2003)

    Untitled

    Price Realised  

    MOHAMMED KACIMI (MOROCCAN, 1942-2003)
    Untitled
    signed 'KACIMI' and again in Arabic (lower right)
    acrylic and charcoal on canvas
    101½ x 77½in. (258 x 197cm.)
    Painted circa 1990


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    Mohammed Kacimi's work was often influenced by Arabic poetry, and can be seen as both a continuation of the heritage of traditional Arab poetry and the "shattered mysticism" when this is juxtaposed with modernity .

    Kacimi often worked on large scale canvases, in the manner of the Action Painting of Abstract Expressionist. In the compositions from his final years white figures are often thrown against a dark background. These figures are nudes, but they are bodies without faces or gender, are often haloed and seeming slightly angelic or saintly. The figures are reduced to their essentials, platonic and somewhat surreal- creating a mystical, dreamlike atmosphere.