HUSSEIN MADI Untitled (1992)

Untitled (1992)*


Size: 79 x 69 cm; 31.1 x 27.1 in

With frame and passepartout:92.5 x 82.5 cm; 36.4 x 32.5 in

Medium: Acrylic on cardboard

Signed and dated on the front


Private Collection, Lebanon (acquired directly from the artist).


The Art of Madi, Saqi Books, April 2005, page 108.


Beirut, Lebanon

Price realised €17,080

Estimate €14,000 - €18,000


Hussein Madi is a Lebanese painter, sculptor and engraver. Born in 1938 in Chebaa, South Lebanon, he studied at Academie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (Alba) before joining Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome. For more than a decade, he lived between the two cities before settling in Beirut, where he still works.

Based on a profound knowledge of Modernism, the art of Madi is rooted in the Orient. His compositions are articulated with geometric and dynamic shapes that remind the complexity of Arabic calligraphy. Nevertheless, even when his pieces might be undecipherable and his forms simultaneously evoke human figures and mysterious glyphs, Madi distances himself from abstraction. He declares, “I relate to what I see; I cannot interact with what I do not see. Therefore, I must draw from nature; my eyes absorb the exact reality of its colours and forms, so that I can store the details of that reality in my mind and so that my hand’s memory can express them in my work.”

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