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    Sale 7802

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    29 April 2009, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 4

    Samia Halaby (Palestinan, b. 1936)

    Bride Seed Swallows The Sky

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    Samia Halaby (Palestinan, b. 1936)
    Bride Seed Swallows The Sky
    signed and dated 'S. HALABY 2003-2008 and in Arabic (on the reverse)
    acrylic and paper on canvas
    80¼ x 80¼in. (204 x 204 cm.)
    Executed in 2002 - 2008

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    This painting was begun in 2002. It was first in several pieces, which the eventual owner was supposed to recompose like a puzzle. In 2003, she reduced them to two large pieces as a painting free of a wooden stretcher and thought of it as finished. Finally in 2008, she decided to attach the two pieces to a background and a stretcher.
    Long attention to a work can refine it beyond the ordinary. The subject is essentially about love and procreation, about their beauty and their power and about all that this can be, both in Mankind and the Nature. The image of a seed of a woman's flower opens up to the sky, to rain and to sunshine, which represent the good things that make life possible. The bride gains potential and becomes powerful like the sky.