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    Sale 7802

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    29 April 2009, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 104

    Nasrollah Mosleimian (Iranian, b. 1951)

    Portrait

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    Nasrollah Mosleimian (Iranian, b. 1951)
    Portrait
    signed in Farsi and dated '2008' (lower left); signed and dated 'Nosratollah MOLEIMIAN 2008' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    58¾ x 58¾in. (149 x 149cm.)
    Painted in 2008


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    Nasratollah Moslemian's paintings have their basis in Persian classical miniatures. His bright colours, curving lines, and rejection of scale and Western system of proportions all recall the historical model. Moslemian has transformed these elements to produce a style which is both highly abstracted and original, a contemporary take on the Persian miniature tradition.

    A principle which dominates his compositions is the concept of 'sectional space'. This is seen widely in Persian miniatures, and is roughly equivalent to their ideal space. Moslemian's pictorial space, neither illusionist nor completely two-dimensional, comprises combined, detached, or overlapping subdivisions. An independent section may be either figures shown beyond the horizon line, or a coloured strip with particular motif, or a scrap of a printed illustration. The sections are often visually distinguishable, but bear a kind of conceptual interconnection. This spacing method brings about something of the feel of suspension within time and place.

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