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    Sale 7665

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    30 April 2008, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 81

    Mohammed Rawas (Lebanese, b. 1951)

    A Couple, or Homage to Arshile Gorky

    Price Realised  

    Mohammed Rawas (Lebanese, b. 1951)
    A Couple, or Homage to Arshile Gorky
    signed and dated 'M.RAWAS 75' (lower right)
    oil and charcoal on canvas
    58½ x 27½in. (149 x 70cm.)
    Painted circa 1970s


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    Mohammed Rawas is well-known for his complex assemblages, faceted and mutli-layered images often quoting from European art and photography. The present lot is a rare example of his work from the formative period of his work. In this early painting we can see already see his internationalist tendencies and the fragmenation of the composition looks forward to his more recent mixed media assemblages.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, BEIRUT


    Literature

    The Art of Rawas, London, 2004 (illustrated in colour, p. 51)


    Exhibited

    Beriut, Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Mohammed Rawas selective retrospective exhibition, 2004