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Sadequain

(19371987 ) - Artworks
sadequain Imagination

Bonhams /Apr 8, 2014
30,240.71 - 42,337.00
72,798.00

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Variants on Artist's name :

Syed Sadequain

Ahmed Naqvi Syed Sadequain

 

Artworks in Arcadja
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 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).
 Sadequain - Untitled

Sadequain - Untitled

Original 1966
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Lot number: 87
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Sadequain 1930 - 1987 UNTITLED (TEN DRAWINGS) Quantity: 10 Signed and dated 'SADEQUAIN / 66' on 9 works Signed and dated 'SADEQUAIN / 65-66' on 1 work Ink on paper 33 by 23 cm. (13 by 9 in.) each Executed in 1965-66 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 The drawings are in overall good condition, as viewed. There are losses to the edges of the paper, which are not visible when framed and mounted. There is a visible impression from a previous mounting on each drawing. There are minor spots of discolouration and light foxing and creasing present throughout. These works are all unframed. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
 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
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