Saliba Douaihy, Untitled (Village on a Hill), c. 1940

Saliba Douaihy, Abstract Landscape

Douaihy was one of the main figures in the development of Modernism in the Middle East. This pair captures his evolution from a naturalistic form of post-impressionism to something far more abstract.

Naseer Chaura, Landscape, 1979

Naseer Chaura, Untitled, 1990

Chaura, a syrian artist, works in a variety of styles but often draws inspiration from natural surrounding. Can see post impressionist language in  ‘Landscape’ with a more ‘organic’ and ‘surreal’ style to his untitled painting.

” The conventional view of the Arab countries and Iran as lands of searing heat and aridity is only partially true. The Sahara and the deserts of the Middle East are indeed among the hottest and driest places on Earth, but many parts of the region are famous for their lushness, including the coastal areas of North Africa, the Levant and Iran, each with its own significant seasonal variations. Moreover, the region’s great rivers, such as the Nile, the Tigris and the Euphrates, have for millennia provided vital water supplies, creating fertile zones for much of the year. Meanwhile, dramatic mountain ranges and high peaks cut across the region…”

Extracted from Eigner, Saeb. Art of the Middle East: Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World and Iran. Merrel Publisher 2010. Chapter Nature and the Land


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