Untitled, oil on canvas, signed and dated 1964 in Arabic lower left, partial label inscribed Gallery One on reverse, framed, 100.4 x 79.9cm (39 1/2 x 31 7/16in).
Provenance: Private UK collection
The present lot is an extremely rare example of Iraq's leading modern artists, Ismail Fattah Al Turk. Known for his sculptures influenced by Sumerian and Babylonian figures and this figurative paintings, mainly of couples, this is an early completely abstract creation. Fattah studied under Jewad Selim at the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad where he attained degrees in painting (1956) and sculpture (1958). The year he painted this work (1965) was the time he returned from Rome's Academy of Fine Art where he studied sculpture and ceramics and attained recognition after winning several prizes. He started teaching ceramics at the Institute in Baghdad but continued to paint using the geometric simplicity he had admired in Europe particularly in the works of British sculptor Kenneth Armitage.