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Louay Kayyali (Syrian, 1934-1978)
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Louay Kayyali (Syrian, 1934-1978)

Al na'ma raqam (2) (The Sleeping Lady number (2))

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Louay Kayyali (Syrian, 1934-1978)
Al na'ma raqam (2) (The Sleeping Lady number (2))
signed and dated in Arabic (lower right); signed, titled and dated in Arabic (on the reverse)
oil and encaustic on canvas
29 x 33in. (73.7 x 83.8cm.)
Painted in 1971
Provenance
Mr. and Mrs. Riad El Rayyes Collection, Lebanon.
Anon. sale, Sotheby's London, 30 April 2003, lot 144.
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
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Lot Essay

The present lot is an exceptional and poignant example from Louay Kayyali's depictions of the realities seen in the streets of his homeland. The feminine figure appears fatigued and helpless as if worn out from an arduous chore. By portraying her lying on the ground, Kayyali not only evokes the difficulties of life, but also alludes to a sense of calmness and contentment therefore revealing the everlasting contradictions observed within the contemporary society.

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