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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF CAROLE AND BARRY KAYE

Claudio Bravo
1936-2011
KHABYAS
Estimate
600,000800,000
LOT SOLD. 665,000 USD (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)
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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF CAROLE AND BARRY KAYE

Claudio Bravo
1936-2011
KHABYAS
Estimate
600,000800,000
LOT SOLD. 665,000 USD (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Claudio Bravo
1936-2011
KHABYAS
signed and dated MMII lower right
oil on canvas
78 1/2 by 58 7/8 in.
199.3 by 149.5 cm
Painted in 2002.
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Provenance

Marlborough Gallery, New York

Exhibited

Paris, Institut du Monde Arabe, Claudio Bravo and Morocco, March 16-May 16, 2004, p. 76, illustrated in color
Monterrey, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Claudio Bravo, 2007, cat. 25, p. 87, illustrated in color

Literature

Paul Bowles, Francisco Calvo Serraller and Edward J. Sullivan, Claudio Bravo, Paintings and Drawings (1964-2004), Madrid, 2005, p. 407, illustrated in color

Catalogue Note

“...Là, tout n'est qu'ordre et beauté,
Luxe, calme et volupté.

Des meubles luisants,
Polis par les ans,
Décoreraient notre chambre;
Les plus rares fleurs
Mêlant leurs odeurs
Aux vagues senteurs de l'ambre,
Les riches plafonds,
Les miroirs profonds,
La splendeur orientale,
Tout y parlerait
À l'âme en secret
Sa douce langue natale.

Là, tout n'est qu'ordre et beauté,
Luxe, calme et volupté…”

“...There all is order and beauty,
Luxury, peace, and pleasure.

Gleaming furniture,
Polished by the years,
Will ornament our bedroom;
The rarest flowers
Mingling their fragrance
With the faint scent of amber,
The ornate ceilings,
The limpid mirrors,
The oriental splendor,
All would whisper there
Secretly to the soul
In its soft, native language.

There all is order and beauty,
Luxury, peace, and pleasure..”

“Invitation to the Voyage” from Les fleurs du mal , Charles Beaudelaire, 1857

Morocco was Bravo’s refuge and his inspiration. He often said that his homes were “luxe, calme et volulpte,” a quote from French poet Charles Baudelaire’s Les Fleur du mal. Bravo spoke lovingly of the joy of living surrounded by the collections of silver, Roman antiquities, Chinese art,  Islamic glass and pottery. The beauty which existed in his homes  is often seen in his still life paintings.

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