Mahmoud Said (Egypt, 1897-1964) La Famille (Esquisse)

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Lot 9*
Mahmoud Said
(Egypt, 1897-1964)
La Famille (Esquisse)

£ 35,000 - 50,000
US$ 44,000 - 63,000
Mahmoud Said (Egypt, 1897-1964)
La Famille (Esquisse)
oil on panel, framed
executed circa 1935-36
36 x 25.5cm (14 3/16 x 10 1/16in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Property from a private collection, Cairo
    Property from the private collection of Dr Hassan El Khadem and Nadia Mahmoud Said (the artist's daughter), Alexandra
    Originally acquired from the above by Gihane Mirza, Alexandria
    Acquired from Gihane Mirza by Khayria Ghateb, Cairo
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

    Literature:
    Valerie Didier Hess and Hussam Rashwan, Mahmoud Said: Catalogue Raisonne Volume 1, Paintings, Skira Editore, 2016, illustrated on page 374

    Illustrated:
    Valerie Didier Hess and Hussam Rashwan, Mahmoud Said: Catalogue Raisonne Volume 1, Paintings, Skira Editore, 2016, illustrated on page 374



    "While working on La Famille I was experiencing at the same time fatherhood, as my wife was expecting." – Mahmoud Said


    "Said [had an] inner passion to translate his inspiration into a concept, which he first creates through a preliminary [..] sketch and then executes into a strikingly colourful and detailed composition [...] Said succeeded in controlling his passionate drive through the intermediary of his preparatory sketches. [An] example of such self-control and detailed artistic process is Said's famed masterpiece La Famille, that today hangs in the Cabinet of the Prime Minister of Egypt. With an impressive range of five known bozzetti and one surviving modello. La Famille, alongside La Fille, is probably Said's most documented work to date in terms of providing a comprehensive visual overview of the Alexandrian masters "art in the making"


    [......] The preparatory oil sketch is unusual for Said because of its restricted range of pigments suggesting that he was seeking to master the compositions structure and to determine the areas of light and shade, rather than finalizing his palette. There is no doubt that the paintings of Italian Renaissance masters, such as Leonardo da Vinci or Raphael resonated in Said during the execution of the modello"

    - Valerie Didier Hess, From Model to Modello, Mahmoud Said: A Modern Egyptian Master in the Making, Valerie Didier Hess and Hussam Rashwan, Mahmoud Said: Catalogue raisonne Volume 1, Paintings, Skira Editore, 2016
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