Wednesday, February 27, 2019

01 Paintings, MODERN & CONTEMPORARY MIDDLE EASTERN ART, With Footnotes - 2e

Louay Kayyali, (Syria, 1934-1978)
The Young Ka'ik Seller, c. 1965
oil on canvas
76 x 48cm (29 15/16 x 18 7/8in)
Private collection


Ka'ik Seller: Street vendor selling Ka'ik (bread with sesame seeds)

Louay Kayali (1934–1978) was a Syrian modern artist. He was born in Aleppo, Syria in 1934 and studied art in the Accademia di Belle Arti after having studied at the Al-Tajhiz School where his work was first exhibited in 1952. He met Syrian artist Wahbi Al-Hariri there and the two would share a friendship for the rest of Kayali's life. Al-Hariri would become his mentor as he was for artist Fateh Moudarres (Below) that Hariri introduced to Kayali in 1955. Moudarress and Kayali would together represent Syrian modern art at the Venice Biennial Fair. He suffered from depression and died in 1978 from burns incurred from his bed catching fire, reportedly from a cigarette. More on Louay Kayali




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01 Painting, Streets of Paris, by the artists of the time, Part 42 - With Footnotes

Detlev Nitschke (German, born 1935)
A STROLL ALONG THE BOULEVARD 
Oil on canvas 
11 7/8 x 15 5/8 in. (30.2 x 39.7cm) 
Private collection

Detlev Nitschke (German, born 1935)  is a German artist known for his picturesque scenes developed from plein-air painting into designs for calendars and maps. His work is heavily influenced by both the American Impressionists and his travels throughout Europe and Russia. Born in 1935 in Berlin, Germany, Nitschke studied lithography at Meisterschule Fur Druck & Graphik, and later worked as a director for a graphics company. He is a member of the Society of Berlin Painters of Architecture and has exhibited in New York, Boston, and Cape Cod. More on Detlev Nitschke




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01 Paintings, The amorous game, Part 46 - With Footnotes

Thomas Saliot, France
Lips and tongues
Oil on Canvas
37.4 H x 57.1 W x 0.4 in

Thomas Saliot: "I live in Morocco, France and Spain where i paint simple iconic images from the net or my life, like big oil sketches. I have been painting professionally for over thirty years. Sort of a child of Hopper, figurative and Pop art, i love colors, provocation and big canvas.

Thomas Saliot was born in Paris, France, in 1968. He studied Graphic Design at the Met de Penninghen (Esag) for 3 years and opened his own gallery in le Marais in the historic district of Paris from 1990 to 2000. For the past 20 years he has been living the life, painting and travelling between Marrakech, Morocco and his home city of Paris, France.  More on Thomas Saliot





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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

01 Paintings, MODERN & CONTEMPORARY MIDDLE EASTERN ART, With Footnotes - 2c

 Dia Azzawi (Iraq, born 1939)
Marsh Women
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1968 on reverse
84.2 x 64.2cm (33 1/8 x 25 1/4in).

The Marsh Arabs, also known as the Maʻdān (Arabic: معدان‎), are inhabitants of the Tigris-Euphrates marshlands in the south and east of Iraq and along the Iranian border. Comprising members of many different tribes and tribal confederations that had developed a unique culture centered on the marshes' natural resources. Many of the marshes' inhabitants were displaced when the wetlands were drained during and after the 1991 uprisings in Iraq.


Madan means "dweller in the plains (ʻadan)" and was used disparagingly by desert tribes to refer to those inhabiting the Iraqi river basins. There was a considerable historic prejudice against the Maʻdān, partly as they were considered to have Persian or Indian origin by the sunni Iraqi people, even though there are %100 Arabs, and mostly because of they refused to bow to the sunni dictatorship. More


Born in Baghdad in 1939, Dia Azzawi started his artistic career in 1964, after graduating from the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad and completing a degree in archaeology from Baghdad University in 1962.


In 1969, Azzawi (with Rafa Nasiri, Mohammad Muhriddin, Ismail Fattah, Hachem al-Samarchi and Saleh al Jumaie) formed the New Vision group (al-Ru’yya al-Jadidah), uniting fellow artists ideologically and culturally as opposed to stylistically. Through his involvement with the New Vision group Azzawi found inspiration in contemporary subjects and issues, particularly the plight of the Palestinians. He was also briefly a member of Shakir Hassan Al Said’s One Dimension group (Jama’t al-Bu’d al-Wahid).


From 1968 to 1976, Azzawi was the director of the Iraqi Antiquities Department in Baghdad. He has lived in London since 1976, where he served as art advisor to the city’s Iraqi Cultural Centre, from 1977 to 1980. Azzawi’s move to London led him to rediscover book art (dafatir), an art form that he has encouraged other artists from Iraq and the region to explore.


With exhibitions of his work have been held in international, private and public collections including the Museums of Modern Art in Baghdad, Damascus and Tunis; Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah; Kinda Foundation, Saudi Arabia; Una Foundation, Casablanca; Arab Monetary Fund, Abu Dhabi; Development Fund, Kuwait; Jeddah International Airport; British Museum, Tate Modern, and Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Institut du Monde Arabe, Bibliothèque Nationale de France and Colas Foundation, Paris; Harba Collection, Iraq and Italy; Gulbenkian Collection, Barcelona; and Library of Congress and the World Bank, Washington, DC. More on Dia Azzawi






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Monday, February 25, 2019

01 Paintings, The amorous game, Part 45 - With Footnotes

Pascale Taurua, France
Warm evening
Oil on Canvas
51.2 H x 35 W x 1.6 in
Private collection


Pascale Taurua , born in 1961 is a French painter elected Miss New Caledonia 1977 , then Miss France 1978 . She succeeds Veronica Bundle, Miss France 1977. She is the 48 th Miss France.

A few months after her election, she prefers to return to New Caledonia rather than ensure her role as Miss France in France for a year. Pascale Taurua is now an artist-painter.

Pascale Taurua started painting a young age. She graduated from the Conservatory of Art of Papeete in Tahiti. She lives in Pau in the south of France. She has made painting her profession since 1996. Her work is mainly focused on figurative art. She exhibits her paintings in the Pacific and Metropolitan France. She also makes drawings, and participates in many courses and workshops. More on Pascale Taurua





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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

01 Paintings, The amorous game, Part 44 - With Footnotes

Thomas Saliot, France
Green Hotel
Oil on canvas
43.3 H x 33.5 W x 1.2 in
Private collection


Thomas Saliot: "I live in Morocco, France and Spain where i paint simple iconic images from the net or my life, like big oil sketches. I have been painting professionally for over thirty years. Sort of a child of Hopper, figurative and Pop art, i love colors, provocation and big canvas.

Thomas Saliot was born in Paris, France, in 1968. He studied Graphic Design at the Met de Penninghen (Esag) for 3 years and opened his own gallery in le Marais in the historic district of Paris from 1990 to 2000. For the past 20 years he has been living the life, painting and travelling between Marrakech, Morocco and his home city of Paris, France.  More on Thomas Saliot




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Saturday, February 2, 2019

02 Paintings by the Orientalist Artists in the Nineteenth-Century, with footnotes, 32

Theodoros Rallis (1852-1909)
The Captive (Turkish Plunder), 1885
Oil on canvas
60 by 81.5cm., 23½ by 32in.
Private collection

Rallis painted this less than ten years after a Bulgarian uprising against the Turkish Ottoman Empire. The Turks' bashi-bazouk irregular soldiers were accused of many massacres and other atrocities, including seizing Bulgarian girls to be sold into harems. In this painting a young woman stands with her hands bound next to a pile of stolen valuables in a ruined Orthodox Christian church. Rallis painted a similar painting, Booty, about twenty years later (below).

Theodoros Rallis (1852-1909)
The Booty, circa 1905
Oil on canvas
Height: 133 cm (52.3 in); Width: 100 cm (39.3 in)
National Gallery - Alexandros Soutsos Museum, Greece

Théodore Jacques Ralli or Theodorus Rallis (Constantinople, 16 February 1852 – 2 October 1909, Lausanne) was a Greek painter, watercolourist and draughtsman, who spent most of his working life in France and Egypt.


He painted genre works, portraits, local figures, architectural subjects, interiors with figures and animals. But he is best known for his orientalist paintings.

He was sent to Paris under the patronage of King Otto of Greece and studied under Jean-Léon Gérôme, and under Jean-Jules-Antoine Lecomte du Nouy, both known for their orientalist paintings.


Ralli then travelled widely in North Africa and the Middle East, settling for a while in Cairo, Egypt. Here he found his inspiration for the romantic mysticism and suggestive sensuality of his many orientalistic paintings. His paintings were elaborated with great attention to detail, with great attention to costumes and facial expressions. 



Rallis first exhibition was at the Salon in 1875. From 1879 he regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy in London. He was a member of the Société des Artistes Français, where he received an honourable mention in 1885, and a silver medal in 1889 for his whole work He exhibited his paintings in the Salon de Rouen (1897, 1903, 1906 and 1909) and also in Athens during the Olympic Games of 1896. He also served as a member of the competition jury in 1900 at the Exposition Universelle.In 1901 he became a Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur. More on Theodoros Rallis



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01 Paintings, The amorous game, Part 42 - With Footnotes

Gerard ter Borch the Younger (Dutch, Zwolle 1617–1681 Deventer)
A Woman Playing the Theorbo-Lute and a Cavalier, ca. 1658
Oil on wood
14 1/2 x 12 3/4 in. (36.8 x 32.4 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ter Borch was an astute observer of social behavior as well as the physical environment. In this intimate courtship scene, fine fabrics, silver objects, wood, paper, light, and shadows all reveal their distinctive qualities. The woman strums a theorbo and the man appears to sing, a duet that resonates with the heartstrings. More on this painting

Gerard ter Borch the Younger (December 1617 – 8 December 1681), also known as Gerard Terburg, was an influential and pioneering Dutch genre painter who lived in the Dutch Golden Age. He influenced fellow Dutch painters Gabriel Metsu, Gerrit Dou, Eglon van der Neer and Johannes Vermeer. According to Arthur K. Wheelock Jr., Ter Borch “established a new framework for subject matter, taking people into the sanctum of the home”, showing the figures’ uncertainties and expertly hinting at their inner lives. His influence as a painter, however, was later surpassed by Vermeer. More on Gerard ter Borch the Younger






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