Ismail Shammout, (Palestinian, 1930-2006)
Al- Tariq (The Way), c. 1964
Oil on canvas
31 ½ x 23 ½ in. (79.9 X 59.9cm.)
Ismail Shammout (1930 – 2006) was a Palestinian artist and art historian.
Shammout was born in 1930 in Lydda. On July 12, 1948, he and his family were amongst 25,000 residents of Lydda expelled from their homes by Israeli occupation. The Shammout family moved to the Gaza refugee camp of Khan-Younes. In 1950 Shammout went to Cairo and enrolled in the College of Fine Arts. After returning to Gaza in 1953, he held his first exhibition, which was a success.
Shammout and Palestinian artist Tamam al Akhal participated in the Palestine Exhibition of 1954 in Cairo. The exhibition was inaugurated by then Egyptian President Gamal Abdul Nasser. Later in 1954, he moved to Italy and enrolled at the Academia De Belle Arti in Rome. He married al Akhal in 1959.
Shammout expressed his emotions, fears, sufferings, hopes and dreams, which are shared by all the Palestinian people, through his paintings. More on Shammout
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