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UK: Greenford Park Warehouse


25,000 - 35,000 GBP

Property from a Private European Collection




25,000 - 35,000 GBP

Lot sold:



Property from a Private European Collection




signed and titled in Georgian and dated 1993 on the reverse

tempera, gesso and linen on plywood

Board: 121 by 243cm, 47½ by 95½in.

Framed: 125 by 247cm, 49¼ by 97¼in.

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The work is in excellent overall condition. There is a minor damage, possibly caused by a nail, to the board towards the centre of the left edge, which is barely visible as it is covered by the frame. There are a couple of small nicks to the circle at the centre of the composition. Framed. Unexamined out of frame.

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Baia Gallery, Tbilisi

Sotheby's London, At the Crossroads 2: Contemporary Art from Istanbul to Kabul, 27 March - 1 April 2014, lot 28

Acquired at the above selling exhibition by the present owner

Nina Shervashidze (ed.), Merab Abramishvili: Paintings, Graphics, Tbilisi, 2010, p.51 illustrated

Tbilisi, TMS Gallery, Merab Abramishvili: The Abandoned Side, 2007

Tbilisi, Hobby Gallery, Merab Abramishvili, 2010

Tbilisi, Baia Gallery, Merab Abramishvili, 2012

This contemporary Georgian artist was one of the most original talents to emerge from post-Soviet visual culture. Inspired by Persian miniatures and Georgian mediaeval frescoes (on which his father was a scholar) Abramishvili developed a traditional technique using hand-prepared plaster and tempera paints sealed with egg yolk to create a translucent palette and works of exceptional delicacy. Like the ancient art that inspired him, Abramishvili prized decorativeness and pattern over realism and perspective and his thematic preoccupations were no less ancient: beauty, peace, music, eternity.