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    Sale 7477

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    31 October 2007, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 23

    SEIF WANLY (EGYPTIAN, 1906-1979)

    Nocturne

    Price Realised  

    SEIF WANLY (EGYPTIAN, 1906-1979)
    Nocturne
    signed 'Seif' (lower right); dated and inscribed 'NOCTURNE SEIF WANLY ALEX-EGYPT' and in Arabic (on the reverse)
    oil on panel
    23 x 28 (58.5 x 71cm.)
    Painted in 1953


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    Seif Wanly and his brother Adham were two of the most celebrated of the Alexandrian painters. Both had an interest in European subjects as much as Egyptian, and their works are strikingly advanced in that they anticipated trends in contemporary Western art before many of their contemporaries. They both studied together under the Italian artist Bechi, before setting up a studio together. They exhibited jointly until Adham's death in 1959. Seif continued to paint, and his many expressive and colourful paintings are among the gems of twentieth century Egyptian art.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE ENGLISH COLLECTION