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Ahmed Morsi

(1930 )
MORSI Ahmed Untitled

Sotheby's
Oct 20, 2016
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Ahmed Morsi - Self-portrait With Cello

Ahmed Morsi - Self-portrait With Cello

Original 1952
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Lot number: 30
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Ahmed Morsi (Egypt, born 1930) Self-Portrait with Cello oil on board, framed signed and dated "'52" (lower right), executed in 1952 67.5 x 54cm (26 9/16 x 21 1/4in). Footnotes Provenance: Property from a private collection, Alexandria The artwork was gifted by the artist to the sculptor Mahmoud Moussa in the early 1950s, thence by descent to the artist's family "Most interesting are his self-portraits, which not only show his self-image and perception of self but also reflect the evolution of his style over the years." -Dr Salah M. Hassan Ahmed Morsi was born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1930. We are delighted to be presenting one of the first self-portraits produced by Morsi to come to the market. This marvellous painting was gifted to the distinguished sculptor Mahmoud Moussa who was a dear friend of Morsi. Self-portrait with Cello was executed in 1952 during the period he was majoring in English Literature at the University of Alexandria. Between the years of 1952-1953, while undergoing his degree at university, Morsi was practising art alongside other prominent Egyptian artists at the Atelier of Silivio Becchi, son of Italian master Otorino Bechi in Alexandria. By his early twenties Morsi was participating in major exhibitions with the most notable Egyptian modernists including Fouad Kamel, Abdul Hadi Al Gazzar, Hamed Nada and Mahmoud Moussa. His last studio in Egypt before moving to Baghdad in 1955 was the Alexandria Atelier and he was one of the few handpicked artists to be selected to exhibit at the opening of the city's Museum of Fine Arts. Morsi's visual language tends to be theatrical in its representation of people and their mask-like faces, which in some cases are distorted and flattened into angular elements in which figuration turns into abstractions and flattened background that are surreal in their scheme of colours and spatial organisation. His compositions depend on certain components represented by wide open spaces broken by circles and triangles and divided by horizontal and vertical lines. His colour scheme is dominated by a combination of muted colours overlaid by darker shades of blue, green and gray and broken with sudden strokes of brighter colours such as red and yellow.
Ahmed Morsi - Egyptian Le Christ

Ahmed Morsi - Egyptian Le Christ

Original 1957
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Lot number: 52
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PROPERTY FROM THE DISTINGUISHED HENRICH COLLECTION, FRANCE Ahmed Morsi EGYPTIAN LE CHRIST (THE CHRIST) B. 1930 signed in Arabic on the reverse oil on board laid on wood in artist's frame overall: 130 by 66cm.; 51 1/8 by 26in. Executed in 1957.  Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner in 1995 Alexandria, University of Alexandria, Exposition de Peinture des Etudients et Anciens Elèves de L'Université; Ahmed Moursi, 1953 Cairo, Cairo Atelier, Exposition de Peintures; Ahmed Moursi, 1958 Alexandria, Museum of Fine Arts, 1961 Exhib. cat., Cairo, Exposition de Peintures; Ahmed Moursi, 1958, no. 23 
Ahmed Morsi - Untitled

Ahmed Morsi - Untitled

Original 1970
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Lot number: 53
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Ahmed Morsi

EGYPTIAN UNTITLED

B. 1930

signed A. Morsi oil on canvas 99 by 87.5cm.; 39 by 31 1/2 in. Executed circa 1970s.

Private Collection, Egypt

Catalogue Note

One of the forgotten modernist masters of Egypt, Sotheby\’\’\’\’\’\’\’\’s is honoured to be selling a rare work by Ahmed Morsi. The current work is a great example of Morsi\’\’\’\’\’\’\’\’s oeuvre. The artist manipulates the human figure; represented through his characteristic anthropomorphic triangular heads, rendering the viewer with an eerie sense of isolation and mysticism. Originally a poet, with a keen interest on the works of C.P Cavafy, a fellow Alexandrian, Morsi used his art to convey the unrequited search for the soul and spirituality of the 7000 years old Egyptian tradition. Examples of his works can be found internationally in museum collections and foundations across the world, such as Fundacion Banco Santander (Madrid), Santander, Madrid; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, and the Sharjah Art Foundation (Sharjah).
Ahmed Morsi - Untitled

Ahmed Morsi - Untitled

Original 1958
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Lot number: 149
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Lot Description

Ahmed Morsi (Egyptian, b. 1930)
Untitled
signed and dated in Arabic (lower left); signed and inscribed in Arabic (on the reverse)
oil on panel
47¼ x 31½in. (120 x 80cm.)
Painted in 1958

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Provenance

Akhenaton Gallery, Cairo. Acquired from the above by the present owner.

Pre-Lot Text

DONATED BY H.E. AMBASSADOR FRANCINE HENRICH TO BENEFIT H&H MÉCÉNAT
Ahmed Morsi - Frauengestalt

Ahmed Morsi - Frauengestalt

Original 1969
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Lot number: 2164
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