A catalogue raisonné of Mahmoud Saïd’s entire oeuvre, considered as the founder of Modern Egyptian Painting.
Mahmoud Saïd (1897-1964), one of the catalyzers of Modern Arab Art, was born into the aristocratic circle of Alexandria, being the son of former Egyptian Prime Minister Mohamed Saïd Pacha, and later becoming the uncle of the future Queen Farida of Egypt. Saïd forged his own unique style, deeply rooted in the true Egyptian character and daily life he observed around him, fused with his Western artistic training. Saïd’s intrinsically Egyptian style emerged in conjunction with the rise of nationalism in Egypt and undeniably paved the way for the search of a national identity through art, giving birth to Modern Egyptian Art. To some extent, this dynamic artistic scene in Egypt combined with its political situation sparked similar nationalistic expressions through art in surrounding Arab countries such as Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. Valérie Didier Hess, Sale Manager at Christie’s Dubai Office, was actively involved in projects with major international institutions such as the Louvre in Paris, the Centre for Restoration of Paintings in Museums of France in Paris, and the Princely Collections of the Liechtenstein Museum in Vienna (Austria). Dr. Hussam Rashwan is the owner of one of the world's foremost and outstanding collections of Modern Egyptian Art. Through his collection and his extensive and unique personal library, Dr. Rashwan has become a respected academic reference in the art world for the expertise of Modern Egyptian Art.