01 Painting, Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita's Sahara, les enfants du desert/ children of the desert, with footnotes

Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968)
Sahara, les enfants du desert, c. 1952
Oil on canvas
13 x 16 1/4 in (33 x 41.2 cm)
Private collection

Estimated for US$350,000 - US$550,000 in Dec 2022

Four children in the foreground are bedecked in white, black, and red indigenous garb, joined by a jolly chimpanzee in the center of their grouping. Foujita has modeled the children's faces with the utmost delicacy, in keeping with his refined technique. 

Sahara, les enfants du desert by Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita was painted at a pivotal time in the artist's life, when he was exploring new continents, renewing earlier painting themes and techniques, and asserting his singular, celebrated vision. More on this painting

Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita (November 27, 1886 – January 29, 1968) was a Japanese–French painter and printmaker born in Tokyo, Japan, who applied Japanese ink techniques to Western style paintings. At the height of his fame in Paris, during the 1920s, he was known for his portraits of nudes using an opalescent white ink with fine black outlines and his pictures of cats. He returned to Japan in 1933, and served as a war artist for the Imperial Japan during World War II. After the war, Foujita returned to France, where he became a French citizen and converted to Christianity. He was buried in The Chapel of our Lady of Peace, which he had helped build and is painted with his frescoes. Since his death, Foujita's work has become increasingly appreciated in Japan. More on Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita




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01 Work, The Art of War, Henry Zaidan's The Arab horsemen emerged, with footnotes

Henry Zaidan
The Arab horsemen emerged
AI Creation
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The wind whispered through the barren desert, carrying with it a sense of loss and despair. The Arab horsemen, clad in white garments, rode towards the battlefield where the fallen soldiers lay. Each of them bore the weight of sorrow in their eyes, the deep lines etching their faces with grief and weariness.

In perfect unison, the horsemen knelt beside the lifeless bodies, paying their respects to the fallen. Their calloused hands, weathered by battles and hardships, cradled each soldier with utmost care and tenderness. A solemnness hung in the air, a profound sense of reverence emanating from the horsemen's every action.

As the Arab horsemen gently lifted the fallen soldiers onto their horses, their movements seemed to carry not only physical weight but also the weight of collective mourning. The horses stood still, as if understanding the sacredness of the duty they were performing.

With each fallen soldier laid on the back of a horse, the horsemen mounted their steeds once again, their faces heavy with sorrow but filled with an unwavering determination. They formed a solemn procession, slowly riding away from the battlefield, carrying the fallen warriors towards their final resting place.

And so, the Arab horsemen continued their journey, their souls burdened yet resolute. They rode on, the echo of horse hooves fading in the distance, leaving behind a testament to the enduring spirit of honor, even in the face of devastation.



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14 Works, The Art of War, Henry Zaidan's Night Raid, After Franz von Stuck, with footnotes

Henry Zaidan
Alma rushing to put get to the battle, After Franz von Stuck
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The enemy launched a surprise assault in the dead of the night. Alma deftly tightens her grip on her trusty sword, her mind becomes laser-focused. Years of training and countless battles have honed her instincts, making her a force to be reckoned with. She knows that this is not merely a clash of weapons but a test of her mettle, her determination, and her unwavering resolve.

Henry Zaidan
With Just a Shield and Sword, After Franz von Stuck
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As she deftly adjusts her armor, Alma's mind becomes laser-focused. Years of training and countless battles have honed her instincts, making her a force to be reckoned with. She knows that this is not merely a clash of weapons but a test of her mettle, her determination, and her unwavering resolve.

Henry Zaidan
Alma takes command, After Franz von Stuck
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The moonlight illuminates their determined faces as Alma takes command, rallying her comrades to stand strong. Though unarmed with their protective gear, their spirits blaze with unwavering resolve. Alma reminds them of their training, their shared purpose, and the lives they fight to defend. They lock eyes, each warrior knowing that they hold the lives of their comrades in their hands.

Henry Zaidan
The unprepared fall, After Franz von Stuck
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Alma's heart sinks as she recognizes the faces of those who have fallen. Some were once vibrant and full of life, now lying still and cold on the blood-soaked ground. These were warriors who had trained alongside her, shared stories around the campfire, and dreamt of a brighter future. Now, their dreams have been abruptly extinguished.

Henry Zaidan
They charge towards the enemy, After Franz von Stuck
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With a collective breath, they charge towards the enemy, their movements fluid and synchronized. Every step carries the weight of their unbreakable bond, their trust in each other's abilities. Alma leads by example, her sword slashing through the air with calculated precision.

Henry Zaidan
Taking cover behind their horses, After Franz von Stuck
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As Alma and her warriors move forward, their resolve burns brighter than ever. With each battle, their preparedness becomes a shield against the chaos and uncertainty of war. No longer caught off guard, they emerge as a force to be reckoned with, fighting not only for victory but to honor the memory of those who fell due to unpreparedness.

Henry Zaidan
Taking cover behind any shield, After Franz von Stuck
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Henry Zaidan
Holding the lineAfter Franz von Stuck
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By holding the enemy back, they can maintain control over their crucial areas, limit the enemy's options, and safeguard their own forces, allowing for potential counteroffensives or reinforcements.

Henry Zaidan
They have stopped the enemy advance, After Franz von Stuck
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The enemy advance seems to have been stopped, but Alma's fight is not just against them. It is a fight for understanding and unity. Someday her people and their adversaries can find common ground and live in peace.

Henry Zaidan
The Survivors, After Franz von Stuck
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Grief washes over Alma and her surviving comrades as they mourn the loss of their fallen brothers and sisters. They had fought side by side, relying on each other's strength and unwavering support. Their absence leaves an immeasurable void, a stark reminder of the importance of preparedness in the face of battle.

Henry Zaidan
Its time to mourn, After Franz von Stuck
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Alma gathers her remaining warriors, ensuring that they take a moment to pay tribute to the fallen. She reflects on the harsh reality that their lives were cut short due to a lack of readiness. They were caught off guard, unprepared for the sudden onslaught. Alma vows that their sacrifice will not be in vain.

Henry Zaidan
Helping the wounded, After Franz von Stuck
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Helping the wounded involves a range of activities and services aimed at stabilizing and treating injuries, alleviating pain, preventing further harm, and facilitating recovery. 

Henry Zaidan
Helping the wounded, After Franz von Stuck
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They administer immediate relief, such as stopping bleeding, securing airways, and preventing shock.

With heavy hearts and a renewed sense of purpose, Alma and her surviving comrades bury the fallen. They honor them with a solemn ceremony, vowing to carry their memory and legacy forward.

Franz Stuck  (1863–1928)
Wounded Amazon, c.1904
Oil on canvas
62.8 × 72.7 cm (24.7 × 28.6 in)
Harvard Art Museums

As both a founder of the Munich Secession and an influential teacher at the city’s Royal Academy, Franz von Stuck was a central figure in Munich’s art world at the turn of the twentieth century. His modern interpretation of the antique in works such as this sculpture and painting brought him particular success. Wounded Amazon (2002.96) depicts a battle between Amazons and centaurs; the particular subject is not found in classical mythology but is of the artist’s own invention. Though he was clearly influenced by the antiquities in Munich’s Glyptothek museum, Stuck based the painting on photographic studies of a model posed in his studio. Ever since he had featured the goddess Athena on the poster for the first Munich Secession exhibition in 1893, classical female warriors had appeared in his work as symbols of the new art. There are two other versions of this painting, and the artist eventually produced three life-sized versions of the sculpture (2003.132). One was installed outside Villa Stuck, the home he had designed for himself in Munich. More on this painting

Franz Stuck (February 23, 1863 – August 30, 1928) was a German painter, sculptor, engraver, and architect. Born at Tettenweis near Passau, Stuck displayed an affinity for drawing and caricature from an early age. To begin his artistic education he relocated in 1878 to Munich, where he would settle for life. From 1881 to 1885 Stuck attended the Munich Academy.
In 1889 he exhibited his first paintings at the Munich Glass Palace, winning a gold medal for The Guardian of Paradise. In 1892 Stuck co-founded the Munich Secession, and also executed his first sculpture, Athlete. The next year he won further acclaim with the critical and public success of what is now his most famous work, the painting The Sin. Also during 1893, Stuck was awarded a gold medal for painting at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and was appointed to a royal professorship. In 1895 he began teaching painting at the Munich Academy.

Having attained much fame by this time, Stuck was ennobled on December 9, 1905 and would receive further public honours from around Europe during the remainder of his life. He continued to be well respected among young artists as professor at the Munich Academy, even after his artistic styles became unfashionable. More on Franz von Stuck




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07 Works, The Art of War, Henry Zaidan's Alma and the Judean Lion, after Luca Giordano, with footnotes

Henry Zaidan
Alma returning to her village
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As Alma returns to her village, she carries herself with utmost grace, despite the wounds she has sustained in battle. Her dark red hair cascades down her shoulders, symbolizing her strength and determination. 

Henry Zaidan
Alma Sensing danger
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Suddenly her horse detects a sense of danger in the nearby bushes. Its ears perk up, and Alma immediately senses the imminent threat. She tenses her body, ready to face whatever danger may be lurking in the shadows.

Henry Zaidan
A pride of lions
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A pride of lions consists of an alpha male, the Judean Lion, several females, and the alpha male's offspring Jump at Alma, grabbing her by the arm. She screams from the pain.

Henry Zaidan
A pride of lions
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As Alma quickly detaches herself from the lion's grip, her flowing dark red hair dances in the wind, adding to the sense of movement and action in the painting. With determination in her eyes, she pulls out her scabbard, ready to continue the battle. 

The ultra-wide lens captures the grandeur of the battle, allowing viewers to feel as though they are right there in the midst of the action.

Henry Zaidan
The Lions force their way into the town
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As Alma fights off the lions, the sound of the battle attracts more of the beasts, and they begin to force their way into the town. The town's people also begin to arrive. The chaos intensifies, and Alma's determination grows even stronger as she realizes that her village is under attack. With each strike of her sword, she defends herself and her people.

The torn clothing worn by Alma adds a layer of authenticity, emphasizing the hardships she faces as a warrior. 

Henry Zaidan
Alma jumps on the beast’s back
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Alma suddenly realizes the king of the pride was at her side. Without a second thought she jumps on the beast’s back, and while grabbing onto his main she stabs him again and again.

Henry Zaidan
The lion begins to retreat!
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Once fierce, the lion's spirit falters, pain seeping into every sinew and bone. With a heavy heart and a limp in his stride, the lion begins to retreat! His pride following...



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08 Works, The Art of War, Henry Zaidan's Alma at The Battle of Herod's Gate, After Leonardo da Vinci, with footnotes

Henry Zaidan,  After Leonardo da Vinci
Alma at The Battle of Herod's Gate
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Riding their Arabian stallions, Alma and her companion charge into battle with swords raised high. The horses themselves are a symbol of Arab culture and heritage, illustrating the deep connection between the Bedouin people and their majestic steeds. The powerful motion of the horses, their manes flowing in the wind, adds a sense of energy and movement to the composition.

Henry Zaidan
Arriving at Herod's Gate
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Herod's Gate is one of the seven open Gates of the Old City of Jerusalem. It connects the Muslim Quarter inside of the old city to the eponymic Palestinian neighbourhood of Bab az-Zahra, situated just outside.

Henry Zaidan
In front of Harold's Gate
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This modest gate, which opens from a wall tower, is one of the newest gates of Jerusalem. At the time when Suleiman the Magnificent built the city walls in the 1530s, a small wicket gate was situated in the eastern, lateral wall of the tower, which was rarely opened. Formerly, the sprawling residential area within this gate was known as Bezetha (effectually translated as "New City"), settled during the late Second Temple period to accommodate Jerusalem's growing population.  More on Harold's Gate

Henry Zaidan
Warriors at Herod's Gate
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As they took their positions, a wave of determination washed over them, willing them to stand their ground against any potential threats. The defenders were a mix of highly trained and skilled individuals, each bringing their unique expertise to the table.

Henry Zaidan,  After Leonardo da Vinci
Alma at The Battle of Herod's Gate
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In Leonardo da Vinci's The Battle of Herod's Gate, Alma and her Bedouin warrior women symbolize the bravery and resilience of a people fighting for their freedom and land. The painting immortalizes their struggle and serves as a testament to the indomitable spirit of those who dare to defy oppression.

Henry Zaidan,  After Leonardo da Vinci
Harold's Gate in Jerusalem
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Henry Zaidan,  After Leonardo da Vinci
The Battle of Herod's Gate
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Henry Zaidan
It is now time to leave
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"Listen up, everyone!" Elma's voice emerged strong and resolute, cutting through the noise of the aftermath. Her troops turned their attention towards her, their weary eyes filled with a mix of exhaustion and anticipation for her next words.

"We have fought valiantly today," she declared, her voice carrying a sense of pride and determination. "But the time has come to rest, regroup, and plan our next moves."


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04 Works, The Art of War, Henry Zaidan's 03 Works, The Art of War, Henry Zaidan's Alma at The Battle of Anghiari, After Leonardo da Vinci, with footnotes

Henry Zaidan
The Battle of Anghiari, After Leonardo da Vinci
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Henry Zaidan
The Battle of Anghiari, After Leonardo da Vinci
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The Battle of Anghiari (1505) was a planned painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the Salone dei Cinquecento (Hall of the Five Hundred) in the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence. More on this painting

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The Battle of Anghiari, After Leonardo da Vinci
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The Battle of Anghiari, After Leonardo da Vinci
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The Battle of Anghiari
was fought on 29 June 1440, between the forces of Milan and the League of some Italian states led by the Republic of Florence in the course of the Wars in Lombardy. The battle was a victory for the Florentines, who secured their domination of central Italy.

Though the battle lasted all day, involving several thousand troops, it was said that only one soldier was killed. According to Niccolò Machiavelli, after four hours of skirmishing, the single death occurred "when a soldier fell off his horse" More on The Battle of Anghiari



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04 Works, The Art of War, Henry Zaidan's The Raid is Over, Alma Takes Time to Recuperate, with footnotes

Henry Zaidan
Alma Takes Time to Recuperate
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One of Alma's most exceptional qualities is her unwavering dedication to her people's well-being. She willingly sacrifices her own comfort and safety to protect and defend them, always putting their needs above her own. Her selflessness and commitment serve as an inspiration to all those around her.

Henry Zaidan
Alma Takes Time to Recuperate
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It is only fitting that Alma takes some time to rest and recuperate after her tireless efforts.

Henry Zaidan
Alma Takes Time to Recuperate
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During this time, she can recharge and return even stronger, ready to continue her valiant journey as a true champion of her people.

Henry Zaidan
At Day's End
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Alma was by far the most distinguished of women because of her many superior qualities, especially because of the bravery she demonstrated in defense of her people.

Islam elevated the status of women, treating them on an equal footing with a man. Women had a newfound independent identity, in the physical and spiritual spheres.

Islamic history is full of warrior women who fiercely fought for what they believed in, defended what they cherished, and defied all expectations and became legends.

The Warrior Woman is an ancient archetype that is not well known because the stories have been both forgotten and suppressed. Mythology is full of warrior goddesses.

Traditionally, the Bedouin were among the most dangerous of desert tribes, fighting among themselves when outsiders weren’t available. Constantly on the move to find new pastures for their livestock, they learned to live with the minimum of possessions and little external support in the harshest of lands. Loyalty to tribe and family was all that helped a warrior survive. More on Desert Warriors




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