Shakir Hassan Al Said (Iraq, 1925-2004) Figure in Profile

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Lot 13*
Shakir Hassan Al Said
(Iraq, 1925-2004)
Figure in Profile

Sold for £ 15,000 (US$ 20,083) inc. premium
Shakir Hassan Al Said (Iraq, 1925-2004)
Figure in Profile
watercolor on paper
signed and dated in Arabic (lower left), executed in 1951
40 x 29cm (15 3/4 x 11 7/16in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Property from a private collection, Amman

    Exhibited:
    Baghdad, Athar Gallery, Shakir Hassan Al Said: The General Retrospective Exhibition , October 2001
    Baghdad, The House of Shakir Hassan Al Said, The Inaugural Group Exhibition of the Baghdad Group of Modern Art, 1951

    Published
    Farouk Yousif, Al Said/Himat - A Story of the Unseen in Painting, The Arab Institute for Research and Publishing, Amman, 2010

    Executed between 1951 and 1952, the following works, although modest in scale, are enormous in magnitude. They were drawn during the foundational year of the Baghdad Group, and are perhaps some of the earliest remnants of the movement's formative period.

    Exhibited in the house of Shaker Hassan Al Said, works such as the Figure in Profile, which was later published and included in his retrospective exhibition at Athar Gallery in 2001, would have witnessed the first coming together of the illustrious Baghdad Group Artists, their speeches, the formulation of their manifesto's and the very first audiences to be afforded a valuable glimpse at this seminal movements artistic output.
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