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Sadequain

(1937 -  1987 )
sadequain Figures In Paris

Auctionata /Jun 25, 2015
50,000.00
41,280.00

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Variants on Artist's name :

Syed Sadequain

Ahmed Naqvi Syed Sadequain

 

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 Sadequain - Two Figures

Sadequain - Two Figures

Original 1966
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Lot number: 52
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Sadequain (1930-1987), Two Figures, Oil, Paris, 1966 Oil on canvas Paris, France, 1966 Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi (1930-1987) - The most famous Pakistani painter and calligrapher Signed, dated, titled and inscribed in black felt-tip pen on the reverse ‘Sadequain 10/11/66 ‚Tow Figures‘ Painted at Paris’’’’ Dimensions: 122 x 91 cm Very good condition
 Sadequain - Untitled (woman Embracing Man)

Sadequain - Untitled (woman Embracing Man)

Original 1966
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Lot number: 91
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Sadequain 1930 - 1987 UNTITLED (WOMAN EMBRACING MAN) Signed and dated 'Sadequain '66' lower right Ink on card 49.5 x 37.7 cm. (19 ½ x 14 ⅞ in.) Executed in 1966 Read Condition Report Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Saleroom Notice Provenance Acquired directly from the artist Thence by descent
 Sadequain - Untitled

Sadequain - Untitled

Original 1961
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Lot number: 25
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Sadequain (Pakistan, 1937-1987) Untitled (Calligraphic) Watercolour on paper 41 x 68cm (16 1/8 x 26 3/4in). Signed and dated 2.3.61 lower right Footnotes Provenance: Private UK collection Acquired directly from the artist Thence by descent Sadequain was a wordsmith, both in his lyrical poetry and also his depictions of the words. He reignited the Pakistani love of calligraphy and reaffirmed its place in the visual culture of the new nation. Sadequain hailed from a family of calligraphers. His great grand uncle wrote thirty-one copies of the Qur'an and illuminated the pages with delicate gold and silver filigree. His grandfather was particularly adept at designing toghras , intricate and stylised calligraphic motifs using statements from the Qur'an. His father was also a calligraphist and poet. In 1958 the internationally renowned artist, went into self imposed seclusion to recuperate from exhaustion. He isolated himself on the arid and unforgiving seacoast of Gadani just outside Karachi. The dense covering of cacti on the parched landscape proved to be of significant influence as he admired the defiance of the resilient plant. In an interview with art critic Thomas Dowling, Sadequain notes the importance of the cactus to his oeuvre: "In the anatomy of these gigantic plants I found the essence of calligraphy. Everything that I have painted since then: a city like Rawalpindi, buildings, a forest, a boat, a table or a chair, a man, a mother and child, or a woman has been based on calligraphy, which in itself issues from the structure of the cactus." (Abdul Hamid Akhund et al, Sadequain: The Holy Sinner, Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi, 2002, p. 30)
 Sadequain - Figures In Paris

Sadequain - Figures In Paris

Original 1967
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Lot number: 16
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Sadequain (1930-1987), Figures in Paris, France, 1967 Oil on canvas France, 1967 Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi (1930-1987) - The most famous Pakistani painter and calligrapher Signed and dated ‘Sadequain / 12.1.67’’’’ to the lower margin Signed ‘Sadequain’’’’ and inscribed ‘Figures in Paris / Painted at Paris’’’’ on the reverse Dimensions: circa 105 x 223.5 cm Provenance: Private collection France; private collection Seattle Very good condition Estimate by Auctionata Expert: 50,000 Euro This object is sold through the Berlin office
 Sadequain - Untitled (self Portrait)

Sadequain - Untitled (self Portrait)

Original 1965
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Lot number: 35
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Lot Details Sadequain (Pakistan, 1937-1987) Untitled (Self Portrait) Ink on paper Signed and dated 1965 centre right 58 x 44cm (22 13/16 x 17 5/16in). Footnotes Sadequain Provenance: Gift from the artist, early 1960s Thence by descent "Sometime in the early '60s, my parents took their yearly home leave to Europe and the U.S. on an Italian liner from Singapore to Genoa. One of the stops made on this route was Karachi, and they met an extraordinary man who embarked from there. He was Pakistani, and dressed in the traditional white pants and shirt national costume. For several nights after the ship left Karachi, my mother noticed that the Pakistani gentleman ate at a table by himself. My mother befriended him and invited him to join them at their table for dinners rather than eat by himself. Used to getting her way Sadequain finally gave in. I know my father enjoyed their spiritual and intellectual discourses. Sadequain spent the rest of the trip in their company every evening. My mother, apparently, often lectured Sadequain about his lifestyle and his not taking good care of himself. And apparently, he took it all very well. Sometime around 1966, my mother received a package from Paris. Sadequain sent her a letter as well as this beautiful self-portrait of himself. In the letter, which is unfortunately lost, Sadequain thanked my mother for taking care of him, and for her kindness to him during the trip to Europe. My mother, unaware what a celebrated artist her shipmate was, gave me this work in 1980. I have treasured it all these years for its beauty and the gesture behind this heartfelt and generous gift from an extraordinary man." (Comments from the present owner, Esther Kofod) Awarded the 'Laureate de Paris' at the France Biennale in 1961, Sadequain was receiving international recognition throughout the 1960s. His critical acclaim coincided with his period of particularly heightened self awareness and Sadequain produced a series of cross hatched self-portraits such as this one. Introverted and seemingly shy, Sadequain, used his critical analysis of himself to cast criticism of wider society. His elongated head nestles a crows' nest, complete with crow and chick - a hatched idea. This follows on from a similar work, featuring the crow mother and her eggs. The hatched plot appears to be socio political satire, possibly a commentary on the martial law government of Ayub Khan in the 1960s. As Sadequain himself said 'All my paintings, all my poetry is a crusade against hypocrisy.' (Hakim, R., 'Sadequain is a showman because he has something to show', The Herald, July 1985, p.113 as quoted in Sirhandi, M. N., Contemporary Painting in Pakistan, Lahore, 2006).
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