(n/a) Tahia Halim (Egypt, 1919-2003) Three Girls,

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Lot 155*
(n/a) Tahia Halim
(Egypt, 1919-2003)
Three Girls,

US$ 25,000 - 35,000
AED 110,000 - 160,000
(n/a) Tahia Halim (Egypt, 1919-2003)
Three Girls, oil on board, signed lower left, framed,46.5 x 46.5cm (18 5/16 x 18 5/16in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Private Egyptian collection.

    Both works by the artist in this sale (lots 56 and 57) were executed in the 1960s during the artist's Nubian period. Halim visited Nubia twice in the early 1960s, once with her friend and colleague Cleopatra Shahata in 1961 and again with a group of fifty academics and artists in 1962 on a trip organised by Tharwat Okasha, the then Minister for Culture and National Guidance.

    Both trips were to leave lasting impressions on Halim who worked closely with the inhabitants of Nubia to document and study their ways of life, their traditions and rituals. The main reason this trip was organised was to preserve in some way the area around Aswan which was due to be flooded upon completion of the High Dam.

    The group that cruised the Nile aboard the 'Deka' included artists such as Adham and Seif Wanly, Adam Henein and Hussein Bekar, the architect Hassan Fathi and musician Aziz el-Shawan. The writer and critic Louis Awad was also aboard the boat and described the trip as the key influence in Halim's future works. The group sailed from village to village speaking with the inhabitants and learning of their cultures. They recorded the experiences of the locals which were soon to be lost to the world forever.

    References:
    Dr Sobhy Al Sharouny, T. Halim, Mythical Realism, Cairo, 1999, pp.109-110.
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