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Ahmed SHIBRAIN (Sudan b. 1931)
Abstract Forms with Calligraphic Writing

Pen and black ink and watercolor on J. Whatman wove, 15-1/2 x 11-3/8 in. (393 x 289 mm). Pencil inscription lower left verso, “Watercolor by Ahmed Mohammed Shibrain / (Khartoum, Sudan) / Exhibited Barnard College, 1965.” Within an archival mount inscribed with the Clark Art Institute 1974 temporary registration number. A clean 20 mm tear in the bottom left margin of sheet (possibly original; no loss), otherwise in excellent condition.

An early example from what has come to be called the School of Khartoum, with Arabic calligraphy of Koranic verses meandering around strongly graphic abstract forms.

Provenance:
Julius S. Held (JSH blindstamp and number “23” verso upper left)
Christie’s New York, sale 2249, January 30, 2009, “The Scholar's Eye: Property from the Julius Held Collection Part II,” lot 379 (labels on mount verso)

Exhibited:
Sudanese Paintings, Barnard College, New York, 1965 (inscription verso).
Selections from the Drawing Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Julius S. Held, University Art Gallery, State University of New York at Binghamton, and elsewhere, 1970, no. 145.
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, 1974 (registration label on mount verso).

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Price: $2,000
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