Lot 2, Paul Guiragossian - Calins - Expanding the Horizon. Modern and Contemporary Art from the Middle East and North Africa <br>16 December 2021 7pm GMT +2 - Auctions



Executed in: 1992 

Medium: Watercolor on paper

Size: 76 x 56 cm 

Signed lower left


Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Beirut.

Private collection, Lebanon.

Acquired from the above by the present owner.



Price realised €19,520

Estimate €8,000 - €12,000


Paul Guiragossian born in 1926 in Jerusalem, experienced the impact of exile from a very early age. In the late 1940s, the artists’ family - survivors of the Armenian Genocide - settled in Lebanon, and he began teaching art in private sessions and schools. The artist was soon after discovered for his art and was introduced to his contemporaries.

In 1956 Guiragossian was granted the first prize in a painting competition, which allowed him to receive a scholarship from the Italian Government to study at the Academia di Belle Arti di Firenze. In 1962, Guiragossian landed another scholarship by the French Government to paint at Les Atelier Des Maîtres De L’École De Paris. By the mid-’60s Guiragossian became one of the most celebrated artists in Lebanon. Although the war broke out in the early ‘70s, his attachment to Lebanon grew more prominent, and his artworks became more colorful with messages of hope for his people. In 1989, the artist went to Paris to exhibit his works at the UNESCO and resided in the city until 1991. Between 1989 and 1991, Guiragossian produced some of his largest artworks. At the end of that year, he displayed his works at the Institut du Monde Arab which extended into early 1992. Paul Guiragossian passed away in 1993 in Beirut.

Guiragossian’s works can be found in the most discerning public and private collections worldwide including institutional presence at The British Museum. London - Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou. Paris - Institut du Monde Arabe. Paris, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art. Doha, Modern Art Museum of Kuwait. Kuwait, Barjeel Art Foundation. Sharjah, Salama Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation. Abu Dhabi, among many others.


Ministry of Tourism, Beirut, 1992.

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