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    Sale 7802

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    29 April 2009, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 6

    Paul Guiragossian (Lebanese, 1926-1993)


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    Paul Guiragossian (Lebanese, 1926-1993)
    signed 'Paul. G' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    39½ x 29½in.(100.5 x 75cm.)
    Painted circa 1980s

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    A recurrent theme in Paul Guiragossian's work is groups of women. They are shown frieze-like, standing in a line and facing the viewer. They sometimes have recognizable attributes- holding babies, or wearing patterned clothes, whilst in other works the figures are more highly abstracted. These works, taken as a whole, are an homage to women and most specifically, to the mother and to motherhood. As Guiragossian said, the mother is " the greatest hero of the world." Women were his primary source of inspiration, and this comes across strongly in his interviews. In one he said "I lived my childhood deprived from the affection of a woman. I have spent my childhood in private convents, without knowing my mother that I looked for so long to find in my paintings."
    In another, he said "I am mad over feminine beauty...each woman for me is unique. There are no ugly women. In fact if we tried to explain in terms physical beauty, it would be ridiculous..."

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