(n/a) Hamed Nada (Egypt, 1924-1990) Tying Him Down to Her,

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Lot 154*
(n/a) Hamed Nada
(Egypt, 1924-1990)
Tying Him Down to Her,

US$ 60,000 - 80,000
AED 280,000 - 370,000
(n/a) Hamed Nada (Egypt, 1924-1990)
Tying Him Down to Her, oil on canvas, framed,128.5 x 76.5cm (50 9/16 x 30 1/8in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    From an important private collection, Cairo, Egypt.

    Hamed Nada is considered a third generation surrealist and was a member of the Group of Contemporary Arts founded by Hussein Youssef Amin in 1944. (For further discussion on the Group of Contemporary Arts and a list of some of its members please see the catalogue note for lot 83.)

    The group's members strove to create new forms of art based entirely on traditional Egyptian themes using elements unique to Egyptian culture. Nada's work evolved following the revolution in 1952, during a newly created atmosphere of optimism and freedom.

    Nada's work from this period is far removed from that of his contemporaries and his earlier paintings which were much more tragic in their nature. The period following the revolution saw him cast aside the darker themes and concentrate on more positive subjects. The colours became more vibrant and his works displayed far more movement and rhythm than before.

    Though the painting is undated, the style reflects Nada's work of the late seventies and early eighties. Tying him down to her depicts a woman rolling-up a small ball of thread with which she intends to ensnare her husband. If she fails the male figure who is already beginning to float upwards will disappear into the ether above which consists of wild dancing women and the dark crowded buildings of a city.

    The female figure is depicted in stark contrast to her male counterpart. Her shapely figure is rooted to the ground and she is contained within an ethereal box containing windows and a patch of earth to her right, suggestive of the life they may have together. It is clear that if she fails in her bid then her dreams will disappear and her target will float away into the bacchanalian scene above.
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