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    Sale 7665

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    30 April 2008, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 69

    Omar El-Nagdi (Egyptian, b. 1931)

    El-Sorra

    Price Realised  

    Omar El-Nagdi (Egyptian, b. 1931)
    El-Sorra
    signed and dated in Arabic (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    60 x 60in. (152.5 x 152.5cm.)
    Painted in 1975


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    As in the previous lot, this composition is entirely formed from the number one/letter alef. Here it takes on circular form. In the ancient Near Eastern traditions, which also extend into the Islamic period, the circle is a symbol of the heavens. This symbolic meaning is heightened by the strong kinetic movement it lends to the painting.