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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 341

Odyssey of a People: Leading Christie’s Spring Auction Season

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 28 gennaio 2017

odyssey-of-a-peopleDubai 15-19 March 2017 An impressive 6 meter long painting by Ismail Shammout (1930-2006) recalls the history of Palestine as well as the life experiences of this important master of Arab Modern Art. Odyssey of a People (estimate: US$800,000-900,000) was painted in 1980 as a result of a relentless dedicated effort of over 6 months of daily work. Driven by emotion and passion it is the most important and seminal work of the artist’s career. Directly consigned from the artist’s family, this work comes fresh to the art arena. This phenomenal painting was first exhibited in 1981 in Dar Al-Karama in Beirut, later travelling on loan to Damascus, Malaysia, Kuwait, the Jordan National Museum, Abu Dhabi and finally Ramallah. It was at this final location in 2002, on the day of an Israeli incursion, that the painting was quickly hidden and folded away by the director of the museum in a pillow case and was not displayed publicly since. It was not until after the artist’s death in 2006 and the director’s death in 2008 that the artist’s wife Tamam Al Akhal was able to establish contact with the museum director’s wife and reclaim the work, cherishing it carefully at the Shammout family home in Amman. Christie’s hopes to shed light on the artist’s remarkable skill and importance when the painting will be previewed in Dubai on 15 to 17 March and subsequently offered for sale on 18 March in the spring auction of Modern and Contemporary Art, taking place at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel. (photo: Odyssey of a People)

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