Farid Belkahia (Morocco, born 1934) Étude sur le Malheur  diameter: 77cm

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Lot 49
Farid Belkahia
(Morocco, born 1934)
Étude sur le Malheur diameter: 77cm

Sold for £ 68,812 (US$ 89,974) inc. premium
Farid Belkahia (Morocco, born 1934)
Étude sur le Malheur
pigment on animal hide
signed "f.belkahia" and dated "98", executed in 1998
diameter: 77cm

Footnotes

  • The present work is an beautiful and exemplary example from Farid Belkahia, a supreme figure in Morroccan modernism who will be honored with a solo retrospective at the Centre Pompidou later this year.

    Belkahia's reached his artistic maturity roughly at the same time that his native Morocco achieved independence from French rule. He was determined to take an uncompromising artistic stand, embodied, as early as 1963, by his imperative need to compete against Western influence with the definition of a specifically Moroccan modernity. The result was his radical and definitive break with easel painting and the oil painting medium.

    From then on, Belkahia showed a clear preference for traditional materials, such as copper and ram's skin. This was a celebration of Morocco's pre-colonial, multicultural past, as were his many references to Amazigh (Berber) and African material culture (tifinagh signs from the script of the Amazigh language, patterns of Amazigh carpets, tattoos) and to traditional techniques, such as henna and walnut stain dyes, and the treatment of raw skin.

    His work brought to light the artisan methods of the centuries-old culture, as well as popular and traditional arts that remained faithful to their historic and spiritual past. The use of these materials propelled him to make non-figurative works, developing shapes in volumes that sat between two-dimensional works and sculptural objects, which entered the viewer's space.
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