Christie's /Mar 18, 2015
€89,014.17 - €133,521.25
Artworks in Arcadja40
Some works of Shafic AbboudExtracted between 40 works in the catalog of Arcadja
Auction: Christie's -Oct 18, 2016 - DubaiLot number: 52
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Shafic Abboud (Lebanese, 1926-2004) Les années de l'oiseau signed and dated 'Abboud 79' (lower right); signed, titled, inscribed and dated 'ABBOUD 79 162 x 130 "Les années de l'oiseau"' (on the reverse) oil on canvas 63 ¾ x 51 1/8in. (162 x 130cm.) Painted in 1979 This dazzling composition by internationally acclaimed pioneer of Modern Lebanese Art, Shafic Abboud, entitled Les années de l’’’’’’’’oiseau and painted in 1979, comes from the prestigious collection of an important art patron of the artist during his lifetime. The last time Christie’’’’’’’’s Dubai offered a work by the artist dating from the same period and that was stylistically and almost proportionally comparative, was in October 2014 when Histoires (1976) from the Viviane and Robert Debbas Collection sold for almost $400,000. The lyrical title in Les années de l’’’’’’’’oiseau refers to one of the painter’’’’’’’’s recurring and personal themes, the bird, that was suggested in several paintings, one of 1971 titled Le Personnage-Oiseau and two of the late 1980s, that each look back on the one hand to the 1971 work in Naissance du Personnage-Oiseau of 1989, and on the other hand to the present work in La Méditation sur Les Années de l’’’’’’’’Oiseau of 1988. A more explicit reference to the bird in his oeuvre is the unique bronze sculpture of a ‘Bird’’’’’’’’ dated 1989. That same year, Abboud also realised a totemic terracotta sculpture that incorporates the image of the bird and reflects the story of his own life, although its title Les accords de Taef also had a political connotation in deliberately quoting the truce that was intended to end the civil war raging through Lebanon since 1975. With its poetic connotations of freedom, the bird is an animal with which Abboud associated himself as an adolescent, whose thirst for life was characterised by the awakening of his senses and the liberation of feelings through his painting. He observed not only the physical world around him, but also absorbed its sensations, sounds and emotions, and in that sense, he offered a ‘bird’’’’’’’’s eye view’’’’’’’’ of a particular subject, both literally and visually through his intricate and vibrant amalgamations of interwoven shapes, brushstrokes and colours. In the title of the present work, the ‘years of the bird’’’’’’’’ specifically refer to his teenage years that paradoxically coincided with some of the darkest years of Modern European history; 1939-1945. The imposing format of Les années de l’’’’’’’’oiseau heightens the complexity of its meticulous layers of pigments and its dense patchwork of shapes and textures, epitomising Abboud’’’’’’’’s 1970s style. Every element is a quote from reality and they are all brought together by a soft grey-blue tone into one harmonious composition that seems to be permanently in movement with its rich colour contrasts glimmering throughout the surface of the canvas. Throughout this masterpiece, Abboud seems to retrace a bird’’’’’’’’s trajectory, transcribing each perception into a line, resulting in one of his most remarkable compositions from that time. The unprecedented texture of Les années de l’’’’’’’’oiseau may also reveal the experiments undertaken by the Lebanese master in the late 1970s involving the introduction of new mediums such as tapestries, sculptures, ceramics and prints.
Auction: Bonhams -Apr 27, 2016 - LondonLot number: 19
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Shafic Abboud (Lebanon, 1926-2004) Cela fait quarante jours ( Portrait of Christine Abboud ) oil on canvas, framed signed and dated, inscribed "a ne pas vendre" (on the verso), executed in 1964 73 x 93cm (28 3/4 x 36 5/8in). Footnotes Provenance: Property from a private collection, Beirut Published: Monograph, Shafic Abboud , Claude Lemand, Paris, 2006 "The most difficult part for people to accept is that painting is not a reflection on an object, but something which has been lived, a making. We are involved on the first day that we traced a line and laid down a colour on a surface, and the painter's questioning revolves around these facts. It is from there, that the vanity of believing in a random intervention in the artist's sphere of theories suggested by the outside world, comes from." - Shafic Abboud Shafic Abboud is widely recognized as one of the most important and innovative artists of Lebanese modernism, and in "Cela Fair Quarante Jour" we are proud to present one of the rarest examples of the artist's oeuvre; depicting the artists beloved daughter Christine, and painted during a period of personal turmoil in which the artist had just broken through a creative impasse, this is one of the few examples of near-figurative depiction in Abboud's main body of work The present work is well documented and comes from a fascinating period in Abboud's career; in September 1964 Abboud returned to return to Lebanon in order to prepare for a major exhibition at Beirut's Centre d'Art Contemporain the following January. Having arrived in Beirut Abboud experiences an extended period of creative anxiety and is unable to paint for the first month of his stay, this period of time is the so called "quadrant Jours" that the title of the work alludes to. The principal tension Abboud suffered from during this period was his urge to compose works in a more figurative style and to temper the abstraction which he was so renowned for. Unable to make a definitive aesthetic commitment Abboud suspends the decision to paint until deciding to execute the present work, a semi-figurative depiction of his daughter Christine playing with a doll near the window of their house in Achrafieh. The work majestically exhibits the conflict and tension between the abstract and figurative creative urges Abboud was subject to. Interestingly, this was to be one of his only forays into figurative representation and thus stands a unique and original example within his body of work. Born in 1926 in Bikfaya, Lebanon, Chafic Abboud attended the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts. In 1947, the artist moved to Paris where he worked in a variety of studios for artists such as, Fernand Léger and André Llhot. In Paris, Abboud was inspired by the work of the Nabis painter Pierre Bonnard and became interested in the different techniques of abstract art pursued by Roger Bissière and Nicolas de Staël who both had a major impact on the development of his own style. Abboud is well known for his balanced composition and use of complementary colors as well as incorporating his memories from childhood and the landscape of Mount Lebanon into his work. In 1959, Abboud was included in the first Biennale in Paris and was awarded the Prix Victor Choquet in 1961. His work can be found in the permanent collection of Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris where Abboud lived and worked until his death in 2004. Abboud once commented that "I only stop when both colour and light match. I cannot escape from colour, it is my fate and nature - my eyes must have been dazzled for ever. The impact between two colours creates light, but whether it be true or false, this "theory" does make me paint".
Auction: Bonhams -Apr 20, 2015 - LondonLot number: 58
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Shafic Abboud (Lebanon, 1926-2004) Untitled oil on canvas, framed signed and dated (on the verso), executed in 1959 70 x 50cm (27 9/16 x 19 11/16in). Footnotes Provenance: Property from the collection of Raymonde Cazenave, Paris. Acquired directly from the above by the present owner. "The most difficult part for people to accept is that painting is not a reflection on an object, but something which has been lived, a making. We are involved on the first day that we traced a line and laid down a colour on a surface, and the painter's questioning revolves around these facts. It is from there, that the vanity of believing in a random intervention in the artist's sphere of theories suggested by the outside world, comes from." - Shafic Abboud Shafic Abboud is widely recognized as one of the most important and innovative artists of Lebanese modernism.The present work comes from perhaps his most creative, expressive and important period. "Composition" was executed in 1959, the same year that he was invited to participate in the first Biennale de Paris, and the present work bears clear similarities with the monumental Saison II, which was the painting chosen for the Biennale. The majority of Abboud's work encompasses a abstract studies of the interplay between colour and light, all of which are rationalized through contrasts of tone. The present piece is typical of works executed in a more exuberant palette. In utilizing rich, volcanic and coral tones alleviated by lighter strokes of bold, bright colour, Abboud aims to recreate both our ocular and emotional perception of tonal variations Abboud once commented that "I only stop when both colour and light match. I cannot escape from colour, it is my fate and nature - my eyes must have been dazzled for ever. The impact between two colours creates light, but whether it be true or false, this "theory" does make me paint". Ultimately it is through light that we can appreciate the observable world. All human endeavors, creations, dwellings and interactions rest on the crucial and fundamental harmony between the physiology of our eye and natural light. It is this most primal relationship which Abboud exploits in his work, to great aesthetic effect.
Auction: Christie's -Mar 18, 2015 - DubaiLot number: 21
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Shafic Abboud (Lebanese, 1926-2004) Le Divan Shafic Abboud (Lebanese, 1926-2004) Le Divan signed and dated 'Abboud 79' (lower right); signed, titled and dated 'ABBOUD 79 LE DIVAN' (on the reverse) oil on canvas 61 x 31 1/8in. (155 x 79cm.) Painted in 1979 lots are subject to 5% import Duty on the importation value (low estimate) levied at the time of collection shipment within UAE. For UAE buyers, please note that duty is paid at origin (Dubai) and not in the importing country. As such, duty paid in Dubai is treated as final duty payment. It is the buyer's responsibility to ascertain and pay all taxes due.
Auction: Christie's -Oct 21, 2014 - DubaiLot number: 10
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Shafic Abboud (Lebanese, 1926-2004) Untitled (Ce Doux Rien) signed 'Abboud' (lower right); signed, titled and dated three times '06.01.97 - Mars 98 ABBOUD 98 "SANS TITRE"' (on the reverse) oil on canvas 40½ x 44½in. (103 x 113cm.) Painted in 1996-1998 Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris. Acquired from the above by the present owner. THE VIVIANE AND ROBERT DEBBAS COLLECTION C. Lemand, Shafic Abboud, Paris 2006 (illustrated in colour, p. 268). Paris, Galerie Claude Lemand, 1998. Beirut, Loft 46, Pieces for a Museum Featuring: Paul Guiragossian and Shafic Abboud, 2010 (illustrated in colour, p. 21). This work is sold with a photo-certificate from Christine Abboud and will be included in the forthcoming Shafic Abboud Catalogue raisonné currently being prepared by Christine Abboud, under no. ID908.