31st Mar, 2022 11:00

Modern & Contemporary Middle Eastern and African Art

  Lot 37


Cubist Cityscape with Figures and Cat
signed in Arabic H. Droubi (lower right)
oil on board, framed
63 x 52 cm (24 3/4 x 20 1/2 in)

Private collection, London

Hafidh Al-Droubi is considered one of the leading members of the modernism movement in Iraq. Having studied both in Rome, at the Accademia Reale, and in London, at Goldsmiths College, Al-Droubi's love for his home city of Baghdad was strong. It was so strong infact, that he sacrificed marrying his first love to be able to return home, after her father mandated they remain in London if they were to wed. Of all the styles Al-Droubi worked in - including realist and impressionist - it is his cubist paintings that he is most reknowned for. His ability to work in this range of styles, brings a feeling of ecclecticism to his paintings. Cityscapes are a prominant feature in Al-Droubi's portfolio, with other dominant themes including domesticity and family, reflecting his devotion to each. Al-Droubi mastered the manipulation of light, shade and perspective in order to bring beauty and intrigue to scenes easily diregarded as simply mundane. His passion for art also extended to teaching, and culminated in him serving as Dean of the Academy of Fine Arts, Baghdad, and chairing the Society of Iraqi Plastic Arts for six years.

The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by a member of the family.

Estimated at £6,500 - £8,500


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