Georges Hanna Sabbagh
- Georges Hanna Sabbagh
- The Aswan Cataract
- signed G.H. Sabbagh '25
- oil on canvas
Sotheby's is honored to be presenting a rare selection of paintings by Georges Hanna Sabbagh, Seif Wanly, Khadiga Riaz and Effat Nagui to showcase the history of Nubia. A historically significant selection - as these works chronicle life prior to the building of the Aswan High Dam and the consequences of the project. The construction of the Aswan High Dam in the 1960s forced the displacement of 50,000 Nubians, and Lake Nasser buried many ancient villages.
The example by Georges Hanna Sabbagh depicting the First Cataract from 1925, is a pictorial historical depiction. The earliest painting from the selection, unlike the other works, Sabbagh historizes the region and allows us insight into a list past. The geographical boundaries of Nubia begin at the First Cataract at Dabôd Village through the Third and Fourth Cataract to the south in Sudan.
The construction of the Aswan High Dam in 1964 lead to the destruction of the organic culture and identity of Nubia - causing displacement and refugees. Then Minister of Culture, Dr. Tharwat Okasha led a group of Egyptian scholars, artists and thinkers to document Nubia to create a the state Nubian Archive.
Effat Nagui studied the mythical and magical side to Nubia
Khadiga Riaz - a rare Egyptian artist and the granddaughter of the father of Egyptian poetry Ahmed Shawkj took an anthropological route
Seif Wanly - presented this abstract work on Nubia