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Paul Guiragossian (Lebanese, 1926-1993)
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Paul Guiragossian (Lebanese, 1926-1993)

Le Mariage

Paul Guiragossian (Lebanese, 1926-1993)
Le Mariage
signed 'PAUL G.' (lower left)
oil on canvas
39½ x 35½in. (100.5 x 90.2cm.)
Painted in 1986
The artist's son, by descent from the artist.
Acquired from the above by the present owner's husband in 1988.
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A delightful example from acclaimed Lebanese artist Paul Guiragossian's oeuvre, Le Mariage brings together the warmth of a crowd and a profound sense of community that glowingly pulses with life. This superb example of Guiragossian's minimalist style showcases his distinctive use of vibrant and joyful colours in a geometrical linear composition broken by a vivid rhythm of tenderly curved lines. The faces of the figures and the draping of their clothes referencing a point in the artist's career before his compositions became entirely abstract.
A notoriously depressed artist, Guiragossian found comfort in the idea of the group. In Le Mariage, these female figures, brought together on such a joyous occasion as a marriage, bear life and brightness together as a whole, as if extracting their strength from one another, a characteristic trait of the Middle Eastern family structure. Although the vibrancy of Guiragossian's palette and the title of his work suggest an aura of happiness - his choice to reduce the human form to its essential vertical element expresses his sense of solitude.
These fragile and cherished moments of friendships and close relationships thus become sparse interludes between the pain of separation and isolation, a reminder to truly cherish special days.
The Paul Guiragossian Foundation, Beirut, has kindly confirmed the authenticity of this work. We would like to thank the Paul Guiragossian Foundation for their assistance in researching this painting.

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