Untitled 1934


In 1934, Suha Traboulsi, a prominent yet highly controversial Arab artist,
painted 21 equally sized canvasses. Each consisted of four carefully considered elements: a color geometric abstraction in the middle
of each canvas;  its frame (from ornate to simple, wood to metal and gold Victorian or Rococo-type frames to plain minimalist Plexiglas box frame); the frame’s shadow (from faint to sharply delineated); a neutral ground. Each work was titled Untitled I (1934). The works were acquired by a private collector and never shown. They re-appeared at the Dubai Art Fair in 2012 and were now acquired by another private collector (who also wishes to remain anonymous) who permitted us to reproduce them here.