Sadequain

(19371987 ) - Artworks
sadequain Untitled

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Variants on Artist's name :

Syed Sadequain

Ahmed Naqvi Syed Sadequain

 

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 Sadequain - Imagination

Sadequain - Imagination

Original 1968
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Lot number: 367
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Sadequain (Pakistan, 1937-1987) Imagination , oil on board, signed and dated Dec. 1968 signed lower centre, framed, 120.6 x 88.2cm (47 1/2 x 34 3/4in). Provenance : Private Collection, Pakistan; previously in the collection of Abu Shamim Arif. Published : Abdul Hamid Akhund et all, Sadequain: The Holy Sinner , Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi, 2002, pg. 299, plate 151, titled Imagination , 1968. During the later months of 1968, Sadequain was working on a collection of calligraphy based on the poetry of Mirza Ghalib. Sadequain admired Ghalib greatly and used his poetry frequently as themes throughout his paintings. One of Ghalib's quotes which seems to have stuck with Sadequain is, "The prison of life and the bondage of grief are one and the same, Before the onset of death, how can man expect to be free of grief?" In particular, this painting identifies with the "bondage of grief" which Ghalib speaks of. Palpable in the present in this work in part to the somber palate, Sadequain illustrates mournful forms as if draped over the viewer. "Imagination" is the self portrait of Sadequain untied with the earth along with a reflection upon his time in Paris and Gadani. During his time in both places, which are vastly different, the artist learnt more about himself, allowing his perspective on art and self to change dramatically.
 Sadequain - Composition No. 5

Sadequain - Composition No. 5

Original 1976
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Lot number: 100
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Sadequain (1937-1987) COMPOSITION NO. 5 Signed and dated 'SADEQUAIN 1976' lower left and inscribed 'To Abu Shamim ARIF' and further inscribed 'Composition no. 5. / Painted at Lahore / March 1976 / SADEQUAIN' on reverse Oil on canvas 36 1/4 by 24 3/8 in. (92 by 62 cm.) Painted in 1976 Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 USD
 Sadequain - Untitled (the Three Graces)

Sadequain - Untitled (the Three Graces)

Original 1982
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Lot number: 134
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Lot Description SADEQUAIN (1930-1987) Untitled (The Three Graces) signed and dated 'SADEQUAIN 12/6/82' (on the reverse) oil pastel scraped on hardboard 48¼ x 96¼ in. (122.5 x 244.5 cm.) Painted in 1982 Provenance Gift of the artist Pre-Lot Text THE PROPERTY OF A LADY View Lot Notes > One of Pakistan's most celebrated artists, Sadequain came from a family of calligraphers. Describing himself primarily as a figurative painter who infused his works with allegorical significance, Sadequain was considered the epitome of the Romantic bohemian. Well versed in the Indo-Persian literature of Ghalib, Faiz and Iqbal along with the syncretic histories of Hellenistic Greece, Rome and Pakistan the artist often included mythology and poetry in his paintings. In 1981, Sadequain was invited to create a mural for the Bharat Kala Bhavan at the Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India. Living in a local guesthouse for months, the artist found himself longing for home cooked food. It was during this time that he also came into the acquaintance of a young artist who greatly admired and respected his work and who would often explore the local temples, Ghats and museums with him. On hearing of his yearning to eat a home cooked meal, this young artist offered to bring a daily 'tiffin' for him. In the months that followed, Sadequain formed a close friendship with the artist and referred to her as his 'spiritual daughter'. He gifted this painting to her before leaving Varanasi in 1982. In this painting, Sadequain utilizes an idiosyncratic version of the Muslim tughra or calligraphic signature, together with his interpretation of the European avant-garde art. Rendered in his distinct narrative style, the painting refers to the Greek goddesses of beauty, mirth and elegance. While typical of his style, this painting carries a highly personalized story. The three goddesses emerge intertwined from the cooking pot, symbolic of his friend who cooked for him every day. Vegetables are strung between their hands as they carry forth a large platter of food over their heads. Cooking utensils are shown strewn on the floor, depicting the interior of a typical South Asian kitchen. There is a sense of movement in the canvas as the artist's line derives from his calligraphic roots as well as his interest in Cubism, Surrealism and Constructivism. Interestingly, works by the artist from the early 80s are reminiscent of his most critically acclaimed phase; the Blue and Ochre Period of the 50s and 60s. Sadequain often undertook several large scale public works throughout his career most notably, the murals in the Lahore Museum.
 Sadequain - Untitled

Sadequain - Untitled

Original 1967
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Lot number: 10
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SADEQUAIN (1930-1987) Untitled signed 'Sadequain' (lower right); one further dated '4.6.67' (lower right) pencil on paper 29 x 21 in. (73.7 x 53.4 cm.); 28¾ x 21 in. (71.1 x 53.4 cm.); 27 7/8 x 20¾ in.(70.8 x 52.7 cm.); 28¾ x 21 in. (71.1 x 53.4 cm.) Group of four works on paper (4) PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, KARACHI
 Sadequain - Untitled (girl With Mirror)

Sadequain - Untitled (girl With Mirror)

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Lot number: 25
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Sadequain (Pakistan, 1937-1987) Untitled (Girl with Mirror) , oil and chalk on board, signed, dated and inscribed UNFINSHED/Delhi/9.VIII.81/13.VIII.84 lower right, framed, 120 x 89.5cm (47 1/4 x 35 1/4in). Provenance: Private UK Collection; acquired directly from artist in mid 1980's. Sadequain began creating the present lot in New Delhi whilst planning a collaborative exhibition with M.F. Husain in the early 1980s. Although this exhibition never took place, he exhibited a group of paintings and drawings at Lalit Kala Academi, New Delhi which was inaugurated by M.F. Husain. The artwork remained incomplete during his trip to India was returned to his home in Karachi. Sadequain later completed the artwork, re-dated it, and gifted the artwork to his friend.
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