• International Modern & Contemp auction at Christies

    Sale 7804

    International Modern & Contemporary Art

    27 October 2009, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 96

    Jazeh Tabatabei (Iranian, 1931-2008)

    Swordsman

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Jazeh Tabatabei (Iranian, 1931-2008)
    Swordsman
    welded machine parts
    Height: 46¾ in. (118.8cm.)
    Executed circa 1960s


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    Jazeh Tabatabei was one of the first generation of modern Iranian artists. Working both in paintings and sculpture, his work prefigured the Saqqa-khaneh movement of the late 1950s and early 1960s. His subjects were drawn from the motifs of traditional Iranian art, yet his works (especially his sculptures) are exceptional in their progressive treatment, formed from scrap metal parts from heavy machinery. They are among the first modern Iranian works to address a technological aesthetic, combining with it a quintessentially Iranian sense of humour.

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