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Details & Cataloguing

20th Century Art / Middle East

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Ida Kar
1908 - 2008
BRITISH
L'ETREINTE (THE EMBRACE)
stamped with Idabel Photographe mark on the reverse
vintage silver print 
52 by 41cm.; 20 1/2 by 16 1/8 in.
Executed in 1940. 
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Provenance

Private Collection, Egypt
Private Collection, Avignon (acquired directly from the above)
Private Collection, Paris (acquired directly from the above in 2008)

Exhibited

Cairo, Cercle du Nile, First exhibition of Independent Art, 8-24 February 1940
Paris, Centre Pompidou; Dusseldorf, Kunst Sammlung; Madrid, Museo Reina Sofia; Liverpool, Tate Liverpool, Art et Liberté: Rupture, War and Surrealism in Egypt (1938 - 1948), 2016-2018

Literature

Ahmed Rassim, Journal d'un peintre raté, Cairo, 1950s, n.p.
Exhib. Cat., Paris, Centre Pompidou; Dusseldorf, Kunst Sammlung; Madrid, Museo Reina Sofia; Liverpool, Tate Liverpool, Art et Liberté: Rupture, War and Surrealism in Egypt (1938 - 1948), 2016-2018, pp. 204-205, illustrated in colour

Catalogue Note

"The most disconcerting work of this visionary photographer is certainly the one titled L'Etreinte where two columns in ruins rise with their grave majesty to the sky [...]Idabel succeeded in setting, in black and white, the marvellous intelligence reigning in volumes, creating a work surpassing in linear splendor all what the Ancients tried to realize in their temples […] A work of art that reaches such a magnificence in splendour. […] Idabel achieved this photographic miracle with two fleshless cutlets of sculptural nobility, seductive as the voluptuous arms of the loved one… two cutlets photographed from ten centimetres away. Two veal cutlets tendered by diffused light."

Ahmed Rassim cited in Ahmed Rassim, 'A propos d'une conference', Le Journal d'un peintre raté, Cairo, 1950s, pp. 32-34

20th Century Art / Middle East

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London