• 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 38

    Adam Henein (Egyptian, b. 1929)

    Sheikh El-Balad

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    Adam Henein (Egyptian, b. 1929)
    Sheikh El-Balad
    signed and numbered 'A. HENEIN 3/6' (near the base)
    Height: 21½in. (55cm.)
    Executed in Paris in 1974, this work in number three from an edition of six

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    Another from this edition is in the collection of the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. That one is illustrated in Brahim Alaoui (ed.), Art contemporain arab: Collection du Musee, Paris, 1986, p. 121 and in Mona Khaznidar (ed.), Adam Henein, Milan, 2005, p. 20.

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    Please note that this work is signed and numbered 'A. HENEIN 3/6' (near the base).

    Pre-Lot Text

    Adam Henein is probably Egypts most respected living artist. His powerful sculptures build on the elements of pharaonic arts seen in the work of Mokhtar, combining them with the abstraction of modern masters such as Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore to produce an elegant, coherent and characteristic style of his own.

    Graduating from the Cairo Academy of Fine Arts and graduated in 1953, he later received a grant that allowed him to spend two years near Thebes, studying the paintings of the pharaonic tombs. It was during this time that he was also able to observe and experience life in Upper Egyptian villages, which was to become the subject of much of his subsequent work. Since that time he has spent much of his working life in Upper Egypt, establishing both an open air museum and also the Aswan International Sculpture Symposium, which is renowned worldwide.



    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.318 and illustrated p.316 ref 23/41)