Nov 10, 2022 - Sale 2621

Sale 2621 - Lot 27

Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000

HAFID AL-DROUBI (1914-1991)


35 3/4x24 1/2 inches, 90 3/4x62 1/4 cm. Atar, Geneva.
Condition A- / A: small repaired tears and creases at edges; repaired pin holes at top edge.

Al-Droubi was a member of the "Pioneers" art group, Iraq's first formal arts society, and was a key proponent of the formation and development of Iraq's arts community. Best-known for his Cubist paintings, he designed at least four other posters published for the "Republic of Irak, Summer Resorts and Tourism Service" in Baghdad. Each features multiple languages and depicts sites for visitors to see in the city and around the country. This rare image, a fifth poster by the artist, is previously unrec orded and does not appear in the Qatar National Library database. This row of modernist buildings is in Tahrir Square, in the Bab Al-Sharqi neighborhood. This area of central Baghdad is located on the east bank of the Tigris River, right at the Al Jumariyah (Republic) Bridge. While the 1960s brought some significant cultural and economic growth in the establishment of theaters, hospitals, libraries, and a stadium, Iraq suffered from waves of political upheaval and war between moments of stability. In the decades that followed, sadly, this market was the site of many tragedies, including routine bombing attacks.