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    Sale 1242

    Modern & Contemporary Art

    16 March 2016, Dubai

  • Lot 141

    Sohrab Sepehri (Iranian, 1928-1980)

    Untitled (from the Trees series)

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    Sohrab Sepehri (Iranian, 1928-1980)
    Untitled (from the Trees series)
    signed in Farsi (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    25 x 25 ¼in. (63.5 x 64.1cm.)
    Painted circa late 1960s

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    ‘An Oasis in the Moment
    If you are coming to see me,
    I am beyond the Land of Nothingness.
    Beyond the Land of Nothingness is quite a place.
    Beyond the Land of Nothingness, the veins of the air
    Swarm with blowballs that bring word
    From the farthest flowering plant of the Earth
    And sands bear the imprint of hoofs of those delicate horsemen
    Who climbed the Hill of the red poppys Ascension at dawn.
    Beyond the Land of Nothingness, the wishing umbrellas are open:
    The moment a breath of thirst touches a leaf to the quick,
    The alarm bells of rain are sounded.
    One is lonely here
    And in this loneliness, the shade of an elm flows on to eternity.
    If you are coming to see me,
    Pray step gently, softly
    Lest the thin shell of my loneliness
    Should crack.’
    (Sohrab Sepehri, translation by K. Emami and Sh. Bakhash).

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    Seyhoun Gallery, Tehran.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner's father in 1970, thence by descent.

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