Fahrelnissa Zeid (Turkish, 1901-91) Two self-portraits (2)
Lot 300
Fahrelnissa Zeid (Turkish, 1901-91) Two self-portraits (2)
Sold for £13,750 (US$ 22,452) inc. premium

Lot Details
Fahrelnissa Zeid (Turkish, 1901-91) Two self-portraits (2)
Fahrelnissa Zeid (Turkish, 1901-91)
Two self-portraits
watercolour, gouache and ink on paper
each 35 x 26 cm.(2)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: UK private collection; acquired directly from the artist in the mid 1970s.

    Commenting on her self-portraits, Fahrelnissa Zeid wrote: "I am a descendant of four civilizations. In my self-portrait, the hand is Persian, the dress is Byzantine, the face is Cretan and the eyes Oriental, but I was not aware of this as I was painting it. It was explained to me later by highly educated people" (quoted in André Parinaud, Fahr el Nissa Zeid, Amman, 1994, p. 37).

    She goes on to write: "I found a skating rink, where children and adults were greatly enjoying themselves. I leaned on the rink railing with my elbows and watched the evolution of this charming world [........ when I painted the scene] I painted myself in black, and from that day on, I appeared in all my paintings as a sombre, tragic and lonesome being" (ibid, p. 41).
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