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Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art / Sadequain (Pakistani, 1937-1987) Untitled

Lot 22
(Pakistani, 1937-1987)
24 May 2022, 13:00 BST
London, New Bond Street

£20,000 - £30,000


Sadequain (Pakistani, 1937-1987)

circa late 1970s/early 1980s
natural ink with reed pen on oiled paper
31.7 x 119cm (12 1/2 x 46 7/8in).


Private Collection, Pakistan;
Acquired from the artist by the vendor's aunt, Rubina Khan Wahla, who was a student of Sadequain.

Arabic Source
علي أن يخلق مثلهم بلي وهو الخلاق العليم

Ala aiayn-ykhluka mislehum, bala, wa howawl-khallaq ul aleem.

He has to create like them? Certainly. He is the Supreme All-Knowing Creator.

'Sadequain devoted the decade of the 1970s exclusively to calligraphic work. In his own words he 'wrote thousands of verses of the Holy Quran, which if placed at tandem would stretch for miles and miles.(Sadequain: Holy Sinner, Karachi, Pakistan, 2003, p. 192.)

The current lot contains the 81st verse of Chapter 36 from the Qu'ran. Sadequain is perhaps best complimented by the poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz, when he says that Sadequain 'is a preeminent artist, but more than that he is a thinker.' Faiz added that, 'Sadequain attained this distinction because he operated at a higher stratosphere with total command over the fundamental tenets. It has been said that, when Sadequain's pen moved, not only the universe, but also the past, present and the future moved with it. If art measures the pulse of the nation then Sadequain had his fingers on this pulse and he recorded it for posterity. Sadequain was arguably an embodiment of the spirit of Picasso, grandeur of Michaelangelo, poetic prowess of Omar Khayyam, and calligraphic skills of Yaqoot.' Sadequain, Excerpts from the Saga of Sadequain in Mystic Expressions by Sadequain: An odyssey to exaltation with Ghalib, Iqbal, Faiz and Sadequain, Pakistan, 2011, p. 160.

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