Fahrelnissa Zeid: Selected works

Artworks left to right:Someone from the past (Autoportrait), 1980 (HRH Prince Ra’ad bin Zeid Collection); Selected Paleocristálos, c. 1960s(HRH Prince Ra’ad bin Zeid Collection); Lunar Chiaroscuro, 1965(HRH Prince Ra’ad bin Zeid Collection)

Overview

I myself, when I am painting, am always aware of a kind of communion with all living things, I mean with the universe as the sum total of the infinitely varied manifestations of being. I then cease to be myself in order to become part of an impersonal creative process that throws out these paintings much as an erupting volcano throws out rocks and lava.
–Fahrelnissa Zeid

A member of the avant-garde D-Group in Istanbul before entering the Paris art scene in the 1940s, Fahrelnissa Zeid was part of the École de Paris, a movement of abstraction that rejected academic methods and intellectual speculation. Zeid’s practice is marked by her monumental abstract works from the late 1940s–60s influenced by stained glass and mosaic design, at once conglomeration and defiance of geometric and perspectival logic. Works such as Break of the Atom and Vegetal Life (1962) demonstrate the artist’s distinctive geometric abstraction – constructions of organised chaos based in kaleidoscopic patterning and luminous colour. Consumed by eccentric experimentation, by the late 1960s Zeid began her rarely seen series ‘Paleocristálos’ also presented at SB12. Translucent casts of resin embedded with bones, the works conjure ideas of possession and transience, which would subsequently inform the portraits – grand cogitations on her subjects’ interiority – that would engross Zeid throughout the last decades of her life.


This project was part of Sharjah Biennial 12

Artwork Images

Selected Paleocristálos

Fahrelnissa Zeid
c. 1960s

Bone in resin
12 works, various dimensions
Collection of HRH Prince Ra’ad bin Zeid

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Selected Paleocristálos Image

Break of the Atom and Vegetal Life

Fahrelnissa Zeid
1962

Oil on canvas
210 x 540 cm
Zafer Yildirim Collection

Break of the Atom and Vegetal Life Image

Selected Paleocristálos

Fahrelnissa Zeid
c. 1960s

Bone in resin
12 works, various dimensions
Collection of HRH Prince Ra’ad bin Zeid

Selected Paleocristálos Image

Someone from the past (Autoportrait)

Fahrelnissa Zeid
1980

Oil on canvas
208 x 117 cm
Collection of HRH Prince Ra’ad bin Zeid

Someone from the past (Autoportrait) Image

Various work

Artworks left to right:

Alice in Wonderland, 1952
Oil on canvas
237 x 211 cm
Collection of HRH Prince Ra’ad bin Zeid

Emir Zeid, 1966
Oil on canvas
181 x 141 cm
Collection of HRH Prince Ra’ad bin Zeid

Untitled, 1950
Oil on canvas
182 x 220 cm
Collection of HRH Prince Mired bin Ra’ad

Selected Paleocristálos, c. 1960s
Bone in resin
12 works, various dimensions
Collection of HRH Prince Ra’ad bin Zeid

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Fahrelnissa Zeid: Selected Works

Zeid, Fahrelnissa

A member of the avant-garde D-Group in Istanbul before entering the Paris art scene in
 the 1940s, Fahrelnissa Zeid was part of the École de Paris, a movement of abstraction 
that rejected academic methods and intellectual speculation.