Alexander "Skunder" Boghossian (Ethiopian, 1937-2003) The Church of St. George, Lalibela

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Lot 21
Alexander "Skunder" Boghossian
(Ethiopian, 1937-2003)
The Church of St. George, Lalibela

US$ 60,000 - 90,000
£ 43,000 - 64,000
Alexander "Skunder" Boghossian (Ethiopian, 1937-2003)
The Church of St. George, Lalibela
signed and dated 'Skunder 67' (middle right)
oil on canvas
100.7 x 72.5cm (39 5/8 x 28 9/16in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Acquired from Belvedere Art Gallery, Addis Ababa, April 1968;
    The collection of Dr Cernyw Kline (1922-2019).

    The above work depicts the dramatic and iconic rock-hewn church of St George at Lalibela, Ethiopia and its burning in 1531 by Ahmad ibn Ibrahim al-Ghazi following the defeat of Emperor Dawit II.

    The artist commented on his work:

    "I am fascinated by the cinema. In cinema a moment is translated by a multitude of images. These images, perfectly placed, create a feeling of suspense, of mystery, until a new image related them to my knowledge of experience. The problem is not to contemplate a bird's flight, but to fly like a bird."

    The Belvedere Art Gallery, founded in 1964, was the first contemporary art gallery to hold exhibitions in Addis Ababa.
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