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    Sale 7674

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    30 October 2008, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 114

    Safwan Dahoul (Syrian, b. 1961)

    Reve

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    Safwan Dahoul (Syrian, b. 1961)
    Reve
    signed 'DAHOUL 07' and in Arabic (lower left) of the left panel
    oil on canvas, diptych
    each 70 7/8 x 70 7/8in. (180 x 180cm.); overall 70 7/8 x 141¾in. (180 x 360cm.)
    Painted in 2007


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    For the past twenty years Safwan Dahoul's work has been centred around one subject, the mysterious world of dreams, hence the title Reve (Dream). Each dream is unique, in relation to the emotional state of the human being. Dahoul explores through his paintings the notion of escape to a better world.
    In this exceptional diptych, the two monumental faces, one male and one female, are fully frontal, geometric yet humane. In this as in his other works, Dahoul emphasises the purity of the outline and form, bathing his characters in a two tone colour palette, which in turn echoes both the division and the unity between masculine and feminine. Only the female figure has wings, a feature seen throught Dahoul's paintings.

    Saleroom Notice

    This lot was sourced in the UAE and if bought by a UAE resident is duty exempt.