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AHMED ZAGHLOUL 1959 abstract painting by noted Egyptian artist who studied in Paris
Oil on canvas abstract painting in cool modern colors, 15" by 21 1/2", unframed, signed at lower left corner "Zaglool" and dated there "59". This is an impressive composition by an Egyptian artist who lived in Paris in the 1950's, frequenting the art community there and studying with the likes of Fernand Leger and Andre Lhote. I obtained the painting from a woman who was part of this active art scene during that period (she was friendly with people like Erte and Sonia Delaunay during the fifties and early sixties there). AHMED ZAGHLOUL (the last name can also be spelled as "Zaglool" or "Zagloul" seems to have been forgotten by art history, despite his promise and talent. There are precious few auction records, and none of any consequence, and only galleries in Egypt display his work and promote him. Considering how other Middle Eastern artists have been bringing very large sums at international auctions in recent years, it seems that Zaghloul needs only some review and promotion to elevate him to a higher plateau. One issue that seems to have retarded widespread recognition is his return to Egypt after the European period, followed by vision problems and his early death. This painting is in excellent condition and needs only a frame.
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