GEORGES HANNA SABBAGH(1887-1951), Egypt
Nu couché devant un hublot, 1923
Oil on Canvas
Photo taken by @mansourdib
Georges Hanna Sabbagh, descendant of a Lebanese family, was a painter born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1887. He achieved his schooling at the Collège Jésuite de la Sainte Famille in Cairo. At 19 years old, his father sent him to law school in Paris. He quickly gave up his law studies to start frequenting Lévy-Dhurmer’s studio in 1910, and eventually enrolled at Académie Ranson.
Even though he was a pupil of the School of Paris and of the effervescent art movements of his time, the critics still considered him the “Egyptian branch of the French School”, thus recognizing his talent and his belonging in the French art scene while also tying him back to his roots.
Sabbagh’s nudes are dense, as magnificent as rocks, they emit as much power as they do delicacy and sensibility, his portraits were appreciated for their realism and raw authenticity. In 1917 he held his first solo exhibition at the Chéron gallery in Paris. This exhibition’s success opened doors to a fruitful career for the artist, and he became more recognized. His family portraits in particular had become the most known as his works began to parade through salons and galleries. In 1933, he was appointed president of the painting section of the Salon d'Automne.
From mid 1930'ies, at the height of his success in France, Sabbagh settles in Cairo where he to fall into exoticism. In 1939, he started teaching at the Fine Arts school of Cairo and did not move back to France until the end of the second world war. These years that we can dub his “exile” or “back to origins” years, allowed the artist to find himself and build his singularity after having absorbed all the different avant-gardist theories of his time including cubism, fauvism, and expressionism.
“What must be painted is not the visible, but that which was previously regarded as invisible, namely what the clairvoyant painter sees.” Umberto Boccioni (1882-1916) This painting is one of @hilmaafklintofficial’s most recognizable works showing at the @guggenheim ...she, me and the Rosicrucians believed that through their art they were communicating with masters from a realm adjacent to ours. Seeing her show this week with one of my best friends @atinaka was a moving experience for both of us. I’ve been an artist for 40 years now, and there’s much I’ve learned from touching the universe with my heart... as one does when making art. I assure you there is more to the world than what we can touch, see, hear, smell and taste. Our hearts do more than just pump blood, they are communication emitters and receivers connected to the unseen worlds... we / humanity just haven’t learned to use our hearts this way yet. Our hearts are connected to the biorhythms of the universe - acting without our conscious thought, the heart is the only way to experience truly relative communication with the world @anthony.fatato
Went to see the absolutely stunning exhibit “Egypt’s Sunken Cities” at the MIA today with my friend @dustinsteuck. So many magnificent pieces of art discovered by archeologist Franck Goddio about 20 years ago off the northern coast of Egypt, not only discovering countless artifacts like ceramics, jewelry and statues, but discovering two lost ancient cities! It was shocking how well preserved a lot of the pieces were, considering they’d been beneath the depths of the Mediterranean Sea over about 1,200 years! Beautiful exhibit, definitely worth checking out! 😙
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