Shafic Abboud
Composition c.1957–8

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Shafic Abboud 1926–2004
Date c.1957–8
Medium Oil paint on hardboard
Dimensions Support: 1460 x 1140 mm
Acquisition Purchased with funds provided by the Middle East North Africa Acquisitions Committee 2014

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Composition is characteristic of Abboud’s abstract work of the 1950s for which he used heavy impasto, here applied with a palette knife, to establish an intense sense of movement. Although made in Paris, the limited blues and greys seem to carry memories of the light and colour of the artist’s native Lebanon. There may even be suggestions of an aerial view of rural landscape. In his later notebooks, he wrote: ‘It is very hard to explain, but I like pursuing the work up to the abstract picture without letting go of the real origin’.

July 2015

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