In ART

Lebanon’s first and most celebrated abstract artist passed away on January 27 at the age of 100. Saloua Raouda Choucair, who pioneered Arab abstract art, leaves behind a prolific body of work that includes painting, drawing, architecture, textiles, jewelry and sculpture. Dubbed “Lebanon’s Lost Modernist” by the Wall Street Journal, Choucair was a luminary on Beirut’s artistic stage from the 1940s up until her death, creating arresting sculptures in wood, metal, stone and fiberglass, in addition to her signature abstract paintings. The artist was particularly appreciated for her sophisticated symmetry and her elegant lines and forms, primarily inspired by historic Islamic designs. While the international community was slow in offering Choucair the recognition she deserved, she did reach global fame toward the end of her life, culminating with a stupendous exhibit of her work in 2013 at London’s Tate Modern.

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