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Details & Cataloguing

20th Century Art / Middle East

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Marwan Kassab Bachi
1934-2016
SYRIAN
UNTITLED 
signed and dated Marwan Nov. Dec. '08 and Jan.'09
oil on canvas
114 by 162cm.; 44 3/4 by 63 3/4 in.
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Provenance

BCA Gallery Limited, London
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner

Catalogue Note

"He once said to me, 'I paint souls.' Marwan’s faces became landscapes, worlds that we could enter and let ourselves be free to dream within […]. His faces, in particular, are an examination of the entire history of portraiture: from discombobulated heads to abstract bodies, from caricature to surrealist wonder. These faces embody and are in dialogue with a genealogy of composition that stretches from the Egyptian pharaohs to the Greco-Romans to the tight close-ups of the digital era. For Marwan, the face is the most expressive of all landscapes; it is a universe whose emotion requires continual unfolding."

Omar Kholeif cited in: Omer Kholeif, 'Marwan Kassab-Bachi (1934-2016)', Artforum Online, 7 December 2016. 

20th Century Art / Middle East

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London