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    Sale 1975

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    20 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 65



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    signed on the reverse (lower right)
    gouache with gold leaf and impression on wasli
    20½ x 26½ in. (52.1 x 67.3 cm.)
    Executed in 2007

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    According to art historian, Salima Hashmi, Mudasser Manzoor "explores the influence of Sufi thought on the visual image. Solitary figures are lost in contemplation, disengaged from the world, yet very much part of its alluring beauty. Although the artist aspires to reach that moment of complete oneness, the human presence draws him back. The female presence is a physical one. The womb/conch shell is both life-giving and suffocating. The desire to bond, and to break free run parallel in these works.
    There are references to Chinoiserie, in clouds, plants, trees, and borders. The desire to embellish is not resisted. Manzoor understands how to intertwine delicacy of thought with image. He moulds demonstrable skills and presses them into the service of a personal narrative. There is allegiance to both austerity and splendour. But the over-riding formal concern is to bring to each work a feeling of aesthetic closure." (S. Hashmi, From Lahore to Montmartre: Miniatures Contemporaines du Pakistan, Exhibition catalogue, Paris, 2007 p. 5)


    Surreal Narratives, Gandhara-Art, Hong Kong, 2008