Jamil Hamoudi (Iraq, 1924-2003) Untitled

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Lot 29*
Jamil Hamoudi
(Iraq, 1924-2003)
Untitled

Sold for £ 10,000 (US$ 13,743) inc. premium
Jamil Hamoudi (Iraq, 1924-2003)
Untitled
acrylic on board, framed
siged "JAMIL HAMOUDI" and dated "59" in English (bottom left), executed in 1959
65 x 54cm (25 9/16 x 21 1/4in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Property from a private collection, Jordan


    "Now calligraphy for the Arab artist was for centuries a major
    outlet of creativity: he employed it inventively and in endless modulations
    to express a powerful aesthetic impulse often associated with
    'spiritual' feelings, largely because most of the phrases thus written
    were of a religious nature.

    The words were sufficient unto themselves
    as 'content', the beauty of their meaning being reflected in the
    beauty of their configuration. With the advent of the one-dimensionist
    trend in the sixties, calligraphy for the painter had acquired a
    freedom of form and significance which the old calligraphers would
    not consider relevant to their sacred. conventional art.

    Already Madiha Omar, back in the late Forties and early Fifties, had made
    whole paintings out of individual letters: she was the forerunner of
    this way of turning the alphabet into a pretext for linear and color
    compositions. Jameel Hammoudi, away in Paris at the time, brought
    this new 'script' into his abstract paintings, then gradually, after his
    return to Baghdad, and especially more recently, made the letter the
    a raison d'etre of many of his works." - Jabra Ibrahim Jabra
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