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    Sale 7674

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    30 October 2008, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 54

    Nasser Ovissi (Iranian, b.1934)

    Horses

    Price Realised  

    Nasser Ovissi (Iranian, b.1934)
    Horses
    signed 'Ovissi nasser' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    46¾ x 82¼ (119 x 219cm.)
    Painted in 1970


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    This magnificent painting by Nasser Ovissi demonstrates the strength of his early work. The subject matter and style is drawn from an Iranian tradition that stretches to back to the early Islamic era and beyond, the horses resembling those on Sassanian stone reliefs and silverware, and those of Seljuq ceramics, as well as bearing a relation to the "coffee-house" paintings from the earlier part of the twentieth century. These are decorated with patterns from carved wooden blocks (qalamkar) and embellished with abstracted calligraphy. Similar themes were embraced by Sadegh Tabrizi, as can be seen in the following lot.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR. AND MRS. SEIF-NASSERI


    Literature

    Rose Issa, Ruyin Pakbaz and Daryush Shayegan, Iranian Contemporary Art, London, 2001 (illustrated in colour, p. 16)