20th Century Art / Middle East

20th Century Art / Middle East

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Property from a Distinguished Private Collection, UK


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Lot Details


Property from a Distinguished Private Collection, UK





signed n. Iyem 

oil on canvas, in artist's frame

80 by 120 cm.; 31½ by 47¼ in.

Executed in the early 1970s. 

The authenticity of this work has kindly been confirmed by the Estate of Nuri Iyem, Istanbul.

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Collection of Durmus Yasar, Turkey

Collection of Dan Alexander MacGregor Sadolin, Denmark (gifted by the above in 1973)

Collection of Peter Asgeir MacGregor Sadolin (thence by descent from the above)

Thence by descent to the present owner

"The trio portraits are a theme meticulously guarded and cherished by Iyem within his oeuvre. The three graces of mythology who transform the judgement of Paris to the screams of Troy roam through the paintings of Botticelli and Rubens to reach the modern day while for Iyem, these female portraits also represent the wholesomeness of the Anatolian woman condensed into a representation of three figures, as if to imbue these graces with a certain irony. The women depicted in duos, trios or in more crowded compositions would be looking at different directions adding another level of depth to a two dimensional canvas, while brimming with further meaning and affluence."

Kiymet Giray, Nuri Iyem, Istanbul 1998, p. 157.