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Afifia Aleiby (Iraqi, b. 1953)
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Afifia Aleiby (Iraqi, b. 1953)

Loneliness

Details
Afifia Aleiby (Iraqi, b. 1953)
Loneliness
signed in Arabic and dated ‘1989’ (upper right)
oil on canvas
57 ½ x 37 3/8 in. (146 x 95cm.)
Painted in 1989
Provenance
Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner.
Special Notice

Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.

Lot Essay


Christie’s is excited to present a beautiful piece by the Iraqi artist Afifa Aleiby, one of the earliest pieces of the artist to come up for auction. This comes at a time when the artist will be participating in a group exhibition with MoMA PS1 examining the legacies of American-led military engagement in Iraq. The present work Loneliness is classical in its subject and depiction, we are confronted both by a still life and a woman; her eyes are closed and her hand covers her mouth, while the viewer seems to be a bystander that gazes upon the woman without her knowing, waiting for her to look up. The backdrop of the work is enticing, the wind blows in from the open balcony and the red curtain floats above her. The single cloud behind her stands quietly alone in the sky and directly relates to the lonely feeling she confronts. Overall, the composition is deeply somber in mood, resulted from the dark and haunting still life which is contrasted by the inviting light coming from the background.

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