The young artist became a princess of Iraq by her second marriage in 1933 with Zeid, brother of King Faisal. In the 1950s the Prince remained Iraq's ambassador to the United Kingdom for a long time, thus facilitating the career of his wife who maintained a studio in London and another in Paris.
Fahr el-Nissa Zeid introduces vibrant colors into abstract block figures reminiscent altogether of Bissière's style and of colored glasses, mosaics and kilims from the Middle East. On April 25 in London, Sotheby's sells her masterpiece in that style, lot 15 estimated £ 550K.
This monumental oil on canvas 593 x 201 cm painted in 1953 is designed to be exhibited in an upright position, the top of the picture offering a transparency between the blocks in front of a black background while the colors at the lower end are warmer. It is titled Vers un ciel (Towards a sky) and not Towards the sky, in a significant humility which shows that Fahr el-Nissa does not monopolize the access to the sky. The difficulties for hanging such a tall painting in the showrooms certainly amused the artist.
A more composite work essentially based on a similar inspiration was previously discussed in this column : Break of the atom and vegetal life, 210 x 540 cm painted in 1962, was sold for AED 10.1M including premium worth US$ 2.75M by Christie's in Dubai on 29 October 2013.
SOLD for £ 1M including premium