Seif Wanly (1906 - 1979)

Lot 85: Seif Wanly (1906-1976), Oil Painting, Colosseum, around 1955

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April 16, 2014
Berlin, Germany

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Description: Oil on strong wove paper, mounted on plywood panel
Egypt, around 1955
Seif Wanly (1906-1979) - Egyptian painter
Signed lower left 'Seif'
Narrow silver-colored wood strips
Total dimensions, framed: 59 x 80.5 cm
Very good condition
Provenance: ISIAO Collection, Rome; Private collection Italy
In brown tones painted architectural piece, which is effectively accentuated with variable nuances of yellow and broken white; paintings by Seif Wanly fetch up to 40,000 Euros at international auctions

The painting originates from the Egytian artist Seif Wanly (1906-1976) and depicts an architectural piece, painted in brown tones which is effectively accentuated with variable nuances of yellow and broken white. The monumental building of the Colosseum becomes apparent in the round shape and the columns. The artist, who was born in Alexandria, is regarded an important pioneer of modern art in Egypt. Wanly also travelled the entire Mediterranean sea, under the impression of his journeys he created depictions of antique architecture.

The painting is signed lower left 'Seif'. Work and frame are in very good condition with traces of age and wear. The paper is laminated on hardboard, verso the board shows two small superficial damages, otherwise the painting is overall in very good condition. The frame is worn. The dimensions of the plywood panel are 75 x 78 cm. The total dimensions, including the frame, are 59 x 80.5 cm.

Seif Wanly (1906-1979)
Born in Alexandria as the son of an aristocratic family, Wanly received private painting lessons from an early age onwards. Seif Wanly is known for introducing modern art to Egypt. He studied at the studio of Otorino Becchi in Italy. In the 1940s, he founded a studio together with his brother Adham Wanly in Cairo. His works were shown in numerous, international exhibitions, including the Venice and Sao Paulo (Brazil) Biennales. His works, as well as those of his brother, can be seen at the Mahmoud Said Museum in Alexandria.


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