Ahmed Sabry (Egypt, 1889-1995) Nude on the Beach
Lot 85*
Ahmed Sabry
(Egypt, 1889-1995)
Nude on the Beach
Sold for £ 5,000 (US$ 6,475) inc. premium

Lot Details
Ahmed Sabry (Egypt, 1889-1995)
Nude on the Beach
oil on canvas, framed
executed circa 1950
40 x 60cm (15 3/4 x 23 5/8in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Property from a private collection, Egypt
    Formerly in the collection of Gilan Hassan

    Published:
    Egyptian Art Monographs, Ahmed Sabry, Egyptian Ministry of Information, 1960 (illustrated in colour)

    Ahmed Sabry (1889-1955) is considered one of the principle pioneers of Egyptian modernism.

    Born on April 19, 1889 in the Megharbeleen neighborhood of Cairo's Darb el-Ahmar district, Sabry suffered from a tormented upbringing, moving house frequently after being orphaned at an early age. In 1911, he joined the Fine Arts School and was sent to Paris in 1919 where he joined the Grande Chaumiere Academie, then the Academie Julienne.

    When he returned to Egypt, he worked as an illustrator with the Entomology Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, then as an artist with the Ministry of Public Works, which sent him on a further scholarship to Paris; there, he exhibited his painting "The Nun" in the Grand Palais in 1929, and was awarded the Prix d'Honneur by the French Arts Society. Upon his return to Cairo in 1929, he took up work as a teacher at the Higher School for Fine Arts until 1951.

    Sabry was a renowned teacher and fostered the talents of numerous Egyptian masters such as Hussein Bicar, Salah Taher, and Hamed Owais. Sabry is considered a pioneer of classic easel portraiture, and his portraits are considered some of the most technically exquisite and stylistically elegant examples of Egyptian portrait painting.
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