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"Portrait of a Woman" (1995) is a vibrant and large-scale figurative, important oil painting by famous Post-Modern and Contemporary Pakistani artist Bashir Mirza (1941-2000), who was known for his ability to paint in diverse artistic styles, including abstraction, realism, and non-objective art. In turn, a oil painting by the artist is rare, as he tended to paint most often in acrylic. His most important works are his colorful figural, cubist-inspired works, and this intense, cropped portrait of a nude seated woman is a powerful example of Mirza's best paintings. This work combines the colors and palette of South Asia, purple, yellow, magenta, blue, with Western-influenced techniques. Infused with an stunning emotional symbolism and a brilliant palette, Mirza's definite brush strokes in this painting span from incredibly energetic to the tightly controlled. Unframed dimensions: 36 in x 24 in (91.4cm x 61 cm). This work is professionally framed and in very good condition.

The artist has been the subject of many Museum and Gallery exhibitions world-wide, with solo and group shows at the Seoul Museum (Seoul, Korea), Ejaz Art Gallery (Lahore, Pakistan), and Majuma The Art Gallery (Karachi, Pakistan), among others. The artist was posthumously honored in 2006, when Pakistan Post issued stamps with the portraits of Mirza and 9 other famous Pakistani artists.

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Publication: Husain, Marjorie, "Basir Mirza: The last of the Bohemians." "BASHIR MIRZA: Acrylic Series. '89—'94"
The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Date: Unavailable – contact Specialist for details
Area: Other area
Notes: minor as expected due to age
Degree: Minor
Is it Stable? Yes
Notes: The work is stable.
Original Stretchers/Strainer
Paint Loss
Date: Unavailable – contact Specialist for details
Area: Other area
Location: Other location
Notes: some paint loss where stretcher bars have pressed due to age of the work
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
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Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • Acquired from present owner from Private Collection, US.
  • Ships From: Pakistan
  • Shipping Dimensions: 36 x 24 in. (91.44 x 60.96 cm.)

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