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Ismail Gulgee (Pakistani, 1926–2007)
LOT ID: 69906
Composition, 2004

Oil, on canvas
40 х 36 in. (101.6 x 91.44 cm.)
Signed, and dated lower front. A certificate of authenticity accompanies this lot.
Lot description
Unframed: 40 x 36 in. (101.6 x 91.4 cm). Note this work is larger as framed to 60 x 42 in. This work is framed and in excellent condition.

"Composition" (2004) by Pakistani post-Modern master Ismail Gulgee (1926-2007) is one of the artist's most important and monumental oil paintings to date, infusing lyrical movements and intense emotion in this exquisite oil on canvas. The major painting by Gulgee exemplifies his iconic expressionistic style with gestural strokes that intentionally references calligraphy and Islamic letters, along with a brilliant use of color, this is a true masterpiece by the artist and one of his largest paintings painted before his untimely passing in 2007. This is a museum level example of Gulgee's esteemed series of works of abstraction, painted with an incredible sense of energy and vivid use of color yet infused with harmony. Adding further dimensionality to the surface, Gulgee employs an intense textural element in the burnished looking background and the slick, flowing form inspired by calligraphy in the center. Please note dimensions listed are unframed: 40 x 36 in. (101.6 x 91.4 cm). Note this work is larger as framed to 60 x 42 in. This work is in excellent condition.

Born in Peshawar Pakistan, Ismail Gulgee (1926-2007) was one of the most renowned artists of the country, painting for royalty, dignitaries, and elites alike. Though he also worked in portraiture, Gulgee was strongly influenced by traditional Islamic calligraphy, creating captivating works which combined abstract expressionism with gestural painting. Flowing forms and diverse palettes spread across his canvases in complex compositions which would often include mirror glass, gold, or silver leaf to add visual intricacy to the works. Though carefully thought out in their execution, his works nevertheless maintain a freely expressive tangibility to them, resonating with emotion and energy in every aspect.
Composition by Ismail Gulgee
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