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    Sale 7674

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    30 October 2008, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 7

    Reza Derakshani (Iranian, b. 1952)

    Tree

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    Reza Derakshani (Iranian, b. 1952)
    Tree
    signed 'R.D' (lower right); signed and dated 'R.D. REZA DERAKSHANI TEHRAN 2006' and signed again in Farsi (on the reverse of the lower panel)
    oil, encaustic and dried leaves on canvas, diptych
    Upper panel 52¾ x 81in. (134 x 205.5cm.); lower panel 59 x 81in. (150 x 205.5cm.)
    Painted in 2006


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    Trees are a recurrent theme in Derakshani's work. They connect one to nature, a living phenomenon, which at times resemble human figures. This is especially the case with his fig tree series.
    The present work is a unique combination of a pomegranate tree flooding upward out of a sea of pomegranate seeds, topped with leaves of an ancient fig tree. The Tree of Life, the Tree of Knowledge, and the Tree of the Universe- trees have a long history of associations in ancient Persian culture. With their roots deep in the earth, a tree comes back to life from death. In Persian mythology the Tree of Life is at the centre of heaven and guarded by a lion and a wild goat. A fig tree is the most sacred, whilst a pomegranate tree represents passion and fertility.
    As the artist says, "The roots of a myth are like the roots of a tree, deep in the truth of one's mind. If the tree of your life bears the fruit of knowledge, you can bring the indigo universe down to earth".