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20th Century Art / Middle East

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Mehdi Moutashar
B. 1945
IRAQI
ZONE 210
signed twice, titled and dated Moutashar Arles 1979 on the reverse
mixed media on canvas
80 by 80cm.; 31 1/2 by 31 1/2 in.
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Provenance

Collection of the Artist, Arles
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner 

Catalogue Note

Prominent abstract artist Mehdi Moutashar has exhibited extensively across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the US. In line with his global reach and success, the Iraqi-French artist was recently announced as the winner of Jameel Prize 5 (2018), where he was bequeathed the international award for his four bold works of minimalist abstraction rooted in Islamic geometry.

Moutashar graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts, Baghdad in 1966 and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris in 1970. Born in Hilla, Iraq (1943) Moutasher migrated to France in the late 1960s, where he currently works and resides in the southern city of Arles. The coalescence of his time spent between East and West transpires significantly across his works, where his two cultural affiliations are evident. This 1979 work is a perfect representation of how Moutashar’s art is influenced by aesthetics of western geometric abstraction in conjunction with traditional Islamic linearism and decorative motifs. The work ultimately forsakes literal representations for its own complex and hyper-vision geometric abstraction, yet the aesthetics of both East and Western influences remain evident.

20th Century Art / Middle East

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London