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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF DR ELKAYEM

Mahmoud Said
VENICE
Estimate
35,00045,000
LOT SOLD. 31,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
11

PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF DR ELKAYEM

Mahmoud Said
VENICE
Estimate
35,00045,000
LOT SOLD. 31,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Contemporary Art / Arab & Iranian

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London

Mahmoud Said
1897-1964
VENICE

Provenance

Acquired directly from the artist by the previous owner
Thence by descent

Catalogue Note

This important painting by Mahmoud Said is one of only two recorded works by the artist depicting the city of Venice, it is one of his earliest surviving paintings and is a rare documentation of his European travels.

Mahmoud Said is known for his remarkable use of light and colour, his paintings often described as 'glowing from within', he eschews accepted modes of lighting, preferring to burnish the skin of his sitters with a shimmer from an unrecognised light source. This love-affair with light was no doubt instilled in him by his own city of Alexandria, but also by his first teacher, the Florentine Emilha Fazotano de Foreno. Florence is known for dramatic sunsets that gild the city at dusk, and bathe it in an idiosyncratic rose glow; but it is Venice that is renowned for the crystalline quality of its atmosphere, and Venetian artists that are synonymous with the manipulation of light and luminosity.

This painting is not only an exceptional record of Said's travels through Europe, providing documentary evidence for his time there, but provides a glimpse into what Said would have seen and experienced in his time abroad. Doubtless he visited Venice's museums and churches and would have been informed by artists such as Titian, the unparalleled master of light.

The Renaissance movement in Venice was fairly isolated from the rest of Italy, and its artists were inspired by the city's unique geography, the play of light on water, and the quality of light in the air. It is interesting to note that Alexandria, Mahmoud Said's home town shares to some extent the aspects of light and atmosphere that make Venice so unique; and it is this that led artists such as Veronese and Titian to paint skin with the sort of radiance that is also found in Said's nudes.

Contemporary Art / Arab & Iranian

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London