• 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 9

    Samia Halaby (Palestinian, b. 1937)


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    Samia Halaby (Palestinian, b. 1937)
    signed and dated 'S.HALABY 1975' (lower right)
    acrylic on canvas
    30 x 42in. (76 x 107cm.)
    Painted in 1975

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    Samia Halaby is known for her deep knowledge of the science of colour and her innovations in using colour and optical illusion. During the late 1960s she was influenced by constructivism, but Halaby's interest in geometrical abstractions, and the potential of using them to produce striking visual effects, began in the 1970s. The basic elements were squares, circles, and triangles, and horizontal and vertical parallel lines; the kind of shapes found on Palestinian embroidered dresses. By drawing lines at varying distances from one another and introducing undulations, and changing the tones. The present lot, for example is extremely intricate, creating an almost hallucinatory optical effect which creates the sensation of movement within a three- dimensional space. Such precision undoubtedly strained the artist's vision, and she moved away from this style in her later works.

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