• International Modern & Contemp auction at Christies

    Sale 7893

    International Modern & Contemporary Art, Including Masterpieces from The Collection of Dr. Mohammed Said Farsi

    27 April 2010, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 65

    Paul Guiragossian (Lebanese, 1926 - 1993)


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    Paul Guiragossian (Lebanese, 1926 - 1993)
    signed 'PAUL. G' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    39½ x 28½in. (100 x 72cm.)
    Painted in 1969

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    Kayyali's paintings of fishermen and boats from his last period were all painted in Arwad, the only inhabited island in Syria. A well-known fishing town, it remains a popular and relaxing place for residents larger cities to visit. Kayyali often passed through whilst he was convalescing. It was during this period that his figures took on a more monumental appearance. In the same year he was commissioned to create a mural for the National Museum of Damascus 1976, considered his final masterpiece.
    In this painting the silenced figure, gazing at the empty distance, turns his back to the sea. Oversized, he fills all available space in the canvas, with no freedom to move. The effect is almost architectural, the figure large and heavily poised resting on a strong base, reminiscent of the Egyptian pioneer sculptures (for an example, see lot 33).

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    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the present painting is dated circa mid to late 1980s, and not 1969 as stated in the catalogue.

    Pre-Lot Text



    Movses Zirani, Paul Guiragossian, Beirut, 1986, p.105 no.74 (illustrated in colour)