Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art / Anwar Jalal Shemza (British Pakistani, 1928-1985) Untitled (The Walls of Lahore)
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Private Collection, UK;
Acquired from the artist by the vendor who is a family member.
For a similar work, dating from 1960, sold at Christie's, see South Asian Modern & Contemporary Art, New York, 22nd September 2021, lot 676.
This work is part of the City Wall series, and it marries the two motifs that are a recurrent theme in Shemza's works, the City and the Wall. The City and the Wall have been constructed through the use of the Roman letters B and D, whilst the pattern itself was created using the materials of muslin and ink. Directly to the left of the City and Wall we can see the waxing and waning of the moons in the sky. In composition, this work is similar to the work, The Wall that was used as the catalogue cover for Hayward Gallery's seminal exhibition in 1989, The Other Story and is part of the collection of the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. Parallel's can also be drawn with Untitled, mixed media, which is in the National Museum of Art, PNCA, Islamabad. (Akbar Naqvi, Image and Identity: Fifty Years of Painting and Sculpture in Pakistan, 1998, p. 284, fig. 89)
Please note that the image that appears on lot 8, is the image for lot 7, 'The Orchard.' The image of lot 7 is the correct image for this lot, 'The Walls of Lahore.'