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Tagreed Darghouth

(1979 )
DARGHOUTH TAGREED Green Grass

Christie's
Mar 18, 2015
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Tagreed Darghouth - Green Grass

Tagreed Darghouth - Green Grass

Original 2010
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Lot number: 14
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Tagreed Darghouth (Lebanese, b. 1979)
Green Grass
Tagreed Darghouth (Lebanese, b. 1979) Green Grass signed and dated 'Tagreed 10' (lower centre) acrylic on canvas 78¾ x 58 5/8in. (200 x 149cm.) Painted in 2010
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Tagreed Darghouth - Cormorant 2

Tagreed Darghouth - Cormorant 2

Original 2012
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Lot number: 188
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Tagreed Darghouth (Lebanese, b. 1979)
Cormorant 2
signed and dated 'Tagreed 12' (lower right); signed, titled and dated 'Cormorant 2 Tagreed 12' (on the reverse)
acrylic on canvas
78¾ x 59in. (200 x 150cm.)
Painted in 2012

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Agial Art Gallery, Beirut. Acquired from the above by the present owner.
Tagreed Darghouth - Untitled

Tagreed Darghouth - Untitled

Original 2012
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Lot number: 144
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Tagreed Darghouth (Lebanese, B. 1979) Untitled (from the Brighter than a thousand suns series) signed and dated 'Tagreed 2012' (lower right) acrylic on canvas 59 x 39.8in. (150 x 100cm.) Painted in 2012
'If the radiance of a thousand suns
were to burst into the sky,
that would be like
the splendor of the Mighty One'
(Bhagavad-Gita)

One of the most-cited quotations from the history of the atomic age is what J. Robert Oppenheimer claimed to have thought when he witnessed the world's first nuclear explosion: "Brighter than a thousand suns." Shortly after Oppenheimer, director of the laboratory that developed the atomic bomb saw the fireball glowing over the New Mexico desert at the Trinity test site on 16 July 1945, those words derived from the Hindu scripture the Bhagavad-Gita, came to his mind. The quotation that vividly was meant to describe the magnificence of God conveyed the breathtaking destructiveness of the first icon of the nuclear age- the fearsome mushroom cloud. This blast of energy of unprecedented vicious magnitude ushered our world into a new era, the era of mass destruction weapons.

After six decades J. Robert Oppenheimer or "the father of the atomic bomb" left us with a heavy legacy of more than 32000 nuclear bombs, he left us also with a handful of states which insist that those weapons provide unique security benefits, and yet reserve uniquely to themselves the right to own them, and of course states craving to possess the weapon.

In the years after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Oppenheimer looked back on it as something bound to happen, repeatedly saying that it was inevitable. Fear became inevitable too; it became gradually human's first nature. Making wars is a human nature as well. Now, if not always at the forefront of our everyday thinking, the shadow of the apocalyptic mushroom cloud remains on all our minds.

What had the "brightness of more than a thousand suns" has pushed our world further into a darker place, or even a place that lacks light and hope. Ironically, Oppenheimer, himself declared later that the bomb "mercilessly" dramatized "the inhumanity and evil of modern war".
Tagreed Darghouth - Yellow Sun Ii

Tagreed Darghouth - Yellow Sun Ii

Original 2012
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Lot number: 123
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Tagreed Darghouth (Lebanese, b. 1979) Yellow Sun II (from the Rainbow of Death series) signed and dated 'Tagreed 12' (lower right); signed and dated 'Tagreed 12' (on the reverse) acrylic on canvas 78¾ x 98½in. (200 x 250cm.) Painted in 2012
As a single skull emerges against the backdrop of a thickly applied impasto non-descript space, we are confronted with one subject matter: that of death, of the inescapable fate to which we all must succumb. Yellow Sun II (from the Rainbow of Death series) by Tagreed Darghouth raises the perennial concept of the transience of human life. Deeply reminiscent of Vanitas paintings typical of the Dutch School in the 16th and 17th Century, her subject matter fortifies the notion of memento mori "remember you will die." Her complex brushwork of gold, red and amber tones signify slow decay, a metaphor for the ephemeral quality that is life.

Despite this certainty of death that Darghouth refers to, the background of the work, full of yellow circles, references "Yellow Sun" an example of one of the several codenames given by the British Military to their nuclear arsenal around the Second World War as part of what was paradoxically called the "Rainbow Programme." Yellow Sun II thus candidly draws attention to the blatant disconnection between these codenames and their lethal purposes. We find ourselves pondering why these weapons of mass destruction are humanised through the allocation of such beautiful innocuous names; the rainbow and the sun both elements of natural beauty and hope. It is ironic that in the Bible within the framework of Noah and the Ark, the rainbow is the symbol of God's promise of rebirth. The juxtaposition of this rebirth in death is not lost on the artist - "rebirth" thus implies that these nuclear weapons will obliterate "evil" and bring about peace; within the Rainbow of Death series, Darghouth on the other hand, questions the tragic consequences of nuclear war and highlights its victims, the symbol of which can only be epitomised as a skull.

"Yellow Sun" was the first British operation high-yield strategic nuclear weapon within the 'Rainbow' programme - the name referring only to the outer casing. It is pertinent that in the present lot Darghouth has shed the human 'outer casing" of her subject and has revealed what lies beneath. Yellow Sun II, under its multiple guises, reminds us more than ever of the threat of nuclear proliferation, but in doing so, more poignantly prompts us to accept the fate of our ultimate demise.

CAPTION: Still Life with a Skull (oil on canvas) by Letellier (fl.1668-94) Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dunkirk, France Giraudon The Bridgeman Art Library
Tagreed Darghouth - Untitled (nuclear Craters)

Tagreed Darghouth - Untitled (nuclear Craters)

Original 2013
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Lot number: 19
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Tagreed Darghouth (Lebanon, born 1979) Untitled (Nuclear Craters) acrylic on canvas, framed executed in 2013 150 x 190cm (59 1/16 x 74 13/16in). Footnotes
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