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Lot n° 47

NASSER ASSAR (1928 - 2011)

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Sans titre, 1980 Oil on paper mounted on canvas, signed and dated lower left 105,5 x 75,5 cm - 41 17/32 x 29 23/32 in. Born in Tehran in 1928, Nasser Assar is one of the most important figures of the Iranian modernist movement. Born into a family of scholars, with his father teaching philosophy, poetry and philosophy are omnipresent themes throughout his work. His migration to Paris in the 1950s coincided with an important period in the development of abstraction in Europe. Still in its infancy, the post-war French art scene led to the establishment of Tachisme and Abstraction Lyrique, which strongly influenced Assar's work. However, while working alongside artists such as Tapies, Fautrier, De Stael and Zao Wou Ki, Assar developed a unique and distinctive abstract expressionist style that was neither derivative nor imitative of his European counterparts. Assar's works reflect a genuine oscillation between his Persian roots and the influence of his life in Europe. They are imbued with abstract landscapes and Persian calligraphy. Oriental letters are integrated ethereally and polytonally into his landscapes. Within each composition, the shapes of the letters and the natural forms coexist harmoniously, merging fluidly with their surroundings. This impulse has its origins in Zen calligraphy, whose influence is evident in Assar's work.