By Salma Awwad
The masterpieces are from his collection of Viviene & Robert on sale October 21.
Art collectors are in for a rare treat this auction season as Christie’s Dubai will be offering 10 works by the leading Lebanese modernist Shafic Abboud (1926-2004) from his Beirut collection of Viviane & Robert Debbas.
Mostly large compositions in Abboud’s distinctive, abstract hand, each work is a study in his 60-year experiment in the search for the essence of light through colour.
“I only stop when both colour and light match. I cannot escape from colour, it is my fate and nature – my eyes have been dazzled forever,” said Abboud in 1982.
The collection is expected to realise around $2 million and will be the highlight of the sale of Modern and Contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish Art to be held by Christie’s at the Emirates Towers Hotel on October 21.
The 3-day-long public exhibition will be showcasing the Debbas collection alongside works in the various owners sale by Mahmoud Saïd, Fateh Moudarres, Parviz Tanavoli, Hamed Owais, Mahmoud Mokhtar, Charles Hossein Zenderoudi, Paul Guiragossian and Sohrab Sepehri.
Three spectacular paintings by the father of modern Egyptian art, Mahmoud Saïd (1897-1964), will lead the various owners sale.
An auction of Fine Watches will be held the following evening, October 22. This sale will be highlighted by two tourbillon watches by Harry Winston and a handful of pens, decorated with fine jewels.