• 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 37

    Tahia Halim (Egyptian, 1919 - 2003)

    Face Of A Nubian Girl

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    Tahia Halim (Egyptian, 1919 - 2003)
    Face Of A Nubian Girl
    signed 'T.Halim' (lower left); signed, titled and dated in Arabic (on the reverse)
    oil on board
    19¾ x 19¾in. (50 x 50 cm.)
    Painted in 1963

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    The construction of the Aswan High Dam in the early 1960s in one way or another provided much inspiration for the artist. Behind it and upstream the huge Lake Nasser was created by the accumulating waters of the Nile, and was to submerge a major part of Nubia, the region which straddled the Egyptian-Sudanese border. Almost an entire culture which had existed there since antiquity had to be relocated. Conscious of this, a few artists made the journey to Nubia rather than to the dam to record that which was about to vanish. Tahia Halim visited in 1962, and from then on the people of Nubia and their daily life became the focus of her paintings . Halim was originally from an aristocratic family from Upper Egypt and this was for her a way of reconnecting with her Nubian roots. Her style from this time assumed the aspects of Coptic art, with scarce attention to correct proportion but instead expressive exaggeration of form and colour, lending it a kind of authenticity in keeping with the subjects.

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    Mrs. Khariya Khiri Collection

    Pre-Lot Text



    Sobhy Al-Sharouny, T. Halim: Mythical Realism', Cairo, 1999 (illustrated in colour on the cover and p.68, no.128/63)
    Sobhy Al-Sharouny, A Museum in a Book: The Farsi Art Collection "The Egyptian Works" Owned by Dr. Mohammed Said Farsi, Cairo, 1998 (illustrated in colour, p.251 and illustrated p.248 ref 32/29)