On the Way Between Old and New Cairo, Citadel Mosque of Mohammed Ali – D. Hidayet
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Stunning watercolour by Turkish master D. Hidayet.
D. Hidayet's (1912-1972) desert scene features a man walking with his wife on camel, into Cairo's old city, from the Mokattam Hills in the east.
The Citadel Mosque of Mohammed Ali looms large against the earth yellow sky on the horizon. The scene represents a desert wilderness to city travelogue. The view from the dune-scape towards the city and River Nile features relatively “modern” Egyptian monuments: the mosque of Muhammad ‘Ali Pasha, often called the Alabaster Mosque (built 1824–57); and the nearby tombs of the sultans of Egypt’s Baharide Mamluk dynasty (1250–1376).
American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany produced a similar oil in the late 19th century, which Hidayet was familiar with.
Hidayet was an accomplished Turkish artist who travelled extensively throughout the Middle East, specialising in Egyptian studies. Despite being prolific, he was an illusive figure who was known only by his first initial, and surname.
His profound artistic abilities were recognised from an early age. He was commissioned by Egyptian State Railways in 1935, when he was just 23, to produce a coloured tourism poster of Egypt. His iconic scene featured the entrance to the Temple of Karnak as the main focus of the poster, with palm trees, local people included to give the arch some scale (featured below).
Hidayet's paintings are highly valued by collectors, particularly in international and US markets.
Music producer, Arif Mardin (1932-2006), owned a famous oil painting of boats moored on river, by Hidayet.
Istanbul-born Mardin was inducted into the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame for collaborations with Queen, The Bee Gees, Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, Bette Midler, Laura Branigan, Chaka Khan, Scritti Politti, Phil Collins, Daniel Rodriguez, Norah Jones, Richard Marx, Culture Club and Howard Jones.
Mardin's 40-year career as vice president of Atlantic Records, and then EMI, earned him 40 gold and platinum albums, more than 15 Grammy nominations, and 12 Grammy Awards.
A Former U.S. Air Force Military Attache to the American Embassy, Cairo, owned an Egyptian market scene by Hidayet.
A certificate of authenticity is included. Also included for free is the story of The Stephen Neale Art Collection, as well as an exclusive biography of D. Hidayet and his work.
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Signed: Lower right
Height: 34cm (13.5″)Width: 50cm (19.5″)
Condition: Foxing and paper discolouration; some damage to frame