б. Moustafa. The Transcendental Mansions of the Moon. еgypt. 1999. Oil and watercolors on paper. 149,0 x 241,0. Estimate $350 000–450 000. Bonhams. Modern & Contemporary Arab, Iranian, Indian & Pakistani Art. Dubai, March 3

On March 3, British Auction house Bonhams at Royal Mirage, luxurious Dubai hotel will hold the sales named Modern & Contemporary Arab, Iranian, Indian & Pakistani Art. The auction will represent works of art of Arabian East, India and Pakistan of the 20th – 21st centuries.

«The Transcendental Mansions of the Moon» by Ahmed Moustafa will be the central lot. It is estimated at $350 000–450 000. The work made in 1999 is the pictorial variation on subjects of Islamic religious literature.

Another interesting lot is a canvas by Jagdish Swaminathan (1928–1993). The picture is known as «Bird and Mountain» among the experts. The lot is estimated at $250 000–350 000. The work exemplifies the traditional motive which is the depiction of mountains with expressive color scheme of sky and flying birds.

Amrita Jhaveri in her book named «101 Modern Indian artists» published in 2005 in Mumbai wrote: «Pictures from «Bird and Mountain» cycle are full of light and inspires to meditative mood. They are very expressive and make the audience searches its variants of characters treatment. They can be interpreted as metaphor of the idea of union of life and mind which is reflected in Upanisbads».

One more work by Ahmed Moustafa, Egyptian artist is «The Attributes of Divine Perfection» estimated at $250 000–300 000. It is the installation made of steel and acryl glass.

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