Lot 33
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LEYLY MATINE DAFTARY | Girl with Flower n21

28,000 - 35,000 GBP
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  • Leyly Matine Daftary
  • Girl with Flower n21
  • signed Leyly '66
  • oil on canvas
  • 100 by 80cm.; 39 3/8 by 31 1/2 in.


Collection of the Artist, Tehran
Private Collection, Tehran (acquired directly from the above)

Catalogue Note

Sotheby’s is delighted to present a portrait by the Iranian artist Leyly Matin Daftary. Leyly's style of painting using a combination of expressiveness and minimalism provide the viewer with a voyeuristic insight into the personality and identity of her sitters. Her paintings are colored in the universal language of the arts, defying all borders and nationalistic identities.  Her naïve depiction of the present sitter is executed in the artist’s typically simple, flat-painted style; yet it is oddly dramatic and charismatic, encapsulating both a specific personality and the generic 'woman'.  We are honoured to be entrusted to sell this rare painting by Leyly which is reminiscent of a Tehran long forgotten. Girl with Flower n21 dating from 1966 is the epitome of Leyly's portraiture style-  there is a wistful, serene quality, achieving the height of this genre which aims to speak volumes about its subject.