Shafic Abboud

Shafic Abboud is one of Lebanon’s most renowned modernist artists. Abboud
studied art at the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts, Beirut, from
1945 to 1947. Among his professors were the Lebanese artist Cesar Gemayel
and the French painter Georges Cyr, two prominent figures in the foundation
of the modern art movement in Lebanon. The latter introduced him to
Western schools of art, and in 1947 Abboud travelled to Paris, where he later
settled. Inspired by the works of the Nabis painters, Abboud switched from
figurative paintings to the new abstract expressionist style. He worked in
the ateliers of a number of artists, such as Fernand Léger and André Lhote,
after which he studied painting at the École nationale supérieure des beauxarts.
In Paris he participated in the Salon des Realités Nouvelles from 1955,
and in 1962 became a member of its committee. Abboud held numerous
exhibitions in France and Lebanon as well as in Amsterdam. He was awarded
several prizes, including the Prix Victor Choquet in Paris in 1960, and the
Prix du Salon d’Automne at the Sursock Museum, Beirut in 1964. Multitalented,
Abboud worked also in ceramics, tapestry and made artists’ books
in collaboration with numerous poets.
Shafic Abboud died in Paris on the 8th of April 2004.

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