Sotheby’s has unveiled a painting by prominent Iranian contemporary artist Bahman Mohasses titled Personaggio I (1968) that will be offered at auction this fall. The painting will be sold during the house’s upcoming online modern and contemporary Middle Eastern art sale with bidding open from October 20 to 27. It is expected to achieve a price between £60,000-£90,000 ($90,000-$117,000).
First owned by former U.S. vice president Nelson Rockefeller, who acquired it in the mid-1970s, the piece is now being sold by its second private owner, East coast collectors Emily and Richard Spaulding.
Mohasses’s provocative style takes cues from Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore and Alberto Giacometti; his anthropomorphic figures have been compared to Francis Bacon’s. Long known as a recluse, he moved to Rome in the 1950s following an American-backed coup ousting Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh. In Italy, exposure to 20th-century modern art movements such as Cubism and Surrealism would come to influence his practice.Continue Reading