SOHRAB SEPEHRI | UNTITLED
Property from the Azari Collection, Los Angeles
signed in Farsi
watercolour and gouache on paper
68.6 by 50.2cm. 27 by 19¾in.
framed: 101 by 71cm. 39 3/4 by 28in.
Executed circa 1960s.
This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the heirs of the artist.
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This work is in very good condition. Any surface irregularities are inherent to the work.
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Transferred directly from the artist to the present owner’s parents between 1959 – 1974
“If you are looking for me I am beyond nowhere [ … ]
Beyond nowhere there is a place desire opens like an umbrella, breeze like thirst sinks deep into the leaves.
Bells of rain carol fresh watery tunes about how lonely humans are here where the shadows of tree trunks stream into endlessness.
If you are looking for me, come soft and quietly, lest you crack the glass heart
that cups my loneliness.”
(Translated by Kazim Ali and Mohammad Jafar Mahallati, Sohrab Sepehri, The Oasis of Now: Selected Poems, New York 2013, p. 40)