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    Sale 7665

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    30 April 2008, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 185

    Sohrab Sepehri (Iranian, 1928-1980)

    Landscape with Houses

    Price Realised  

    Sohrab Sepehri (Iranian, 1928-1980)
    Landscape with Houses
    Signed in Farsi (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    24 3/8 x 35 3/8in. (62 x 90cm.)
    Painted circa early 1970s


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    'The painter-poet Sohrab Sepehri instills poetry into his paintngs. By following the aesthetics of Zen masters, his representational or semi-abstract abstract paintings achieved impressive brevity in their representation of nature. As in his poems, his interest lies with the simple and the serene. Using earthy colours (ochre, sienna, brown) and black brushstrokes, Sepehri was one of the very few (Iranian) artists who looked to the East for inspiration, travelling to India and Japan. The serenity of his minimalist landscapes, where the panorama is simply suggested, is also reflected in his delightful poetry.'
    R. Issa, "Borrowed Ware", Iranian Contemporary Art, London, 2001, p.20