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Antoine Malliarakis Mayo

5,000 - 7,000 GBP
10,625 GBP
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  • Antoine Malliarakis Mayo
  • Untitled 
  • signed and dated Mayo 1948 on the reverse 
  • oil on canvas


Ascar-Nahas Collection, Cairo
Private Collection, Cairo
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner in 2011


Paris, Galerie Dina Verny, Mayo, 1948

Catalogue Note

This work was dedicated to a very close friend of the artist, Joseph Ascar-Nahas (1900-1970) was an Egyptian writer and poet. The work is inscribed on the reverse; « à mon vieil ami a nahas / pense à moi au Caire ! ». The exhibition was a key moment in Mayo's artistic life in Paris. Renowned writers and poets such as Albert Camus and Jean-Louis Barrault contributed to the exhibition. The exhibition catalogue featured a preface by Jean - Louis Barrault: 

"Mayo stopped in an unknown world, because it’s visible, in full light, everyday, every night and every moment. A world can be, for this same reason, hidden and secret-like: a mouth and some fingers. He is a voluptuous man. It seems that his sensorial memory picks the instant of ultimate caresse, when two beings force themselves to immobility to 'seize' the moment. The mouth is close to the ear but we don’t say anything else. We ARE. We take shape. Times stops. We fit the present in minutes of eternity."

 Jean –Louis Barrault in Mayo, Galerie Dina Verny, 1948

« Peace would be to love silently. But we have to talk… Love then becomes hell. »

Albert Camus in Mayo, Galerie Dina Verny, 1948