Fateh Moudarres, (Syria, 1922-1999)
A Song from the Syrian Countryside, c. 1957
oil on canvas
69.2 x 49.2cm (27 1/4 x 19 3/8in)
Fateh al-Moudarres (1922–1999) was a Syrian painter . Born in Aleppo, Syria, Fateh Moudarres originally taught himself realist techniques before becoming interested in surrealism. He became one of the leaders of the modern art movement in Syria. Moudarres studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome. After he completed his studies, he returned to Syria where he grew and honed his skills under the auspices of long-time friend, mentor, and tutor Wahbi Al-Hariri.
Growing up, Fateh Moudarres spent much time in the countryside, but the agricultural crisis of the 1960s forced him to relocate to Damascus. The city at that time was experiencing a period of unprecedented growth and fast becoming an increasingly cramped and hostile environment in which to live. These conditions were compounded by the political and social unrest sweeping the Arab World. Against this backdrop Moudarres, along with several his artist contemporaries, often sought to depict the everyday people and the problems they encountered. He was especially moved by the life of ordinary people in the Syrian countryside. More on Fateh al-Moudarres
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