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Chafic Abboud was born in Lebanon in 1926
to a wealthy middle-class Lebanese family and his youth was an idyll of
summers in the mountains, and winters in Beirut; at the time the
‘Riviera’ of the Middle East. There is little that is dark or
melancholic, politicized or inflammatory in his work. Chafic Abboud is
a pure artist, taking a still life, a landscape or a memory of his
childhood and depicting it in a style that owes much to Abstract
Expressionism – his works are always balanced, with one color
complementing or offsetting another.
moved to Paris after graduating from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts
in 1947, Abboud frequented Andre Lhote’s workshop and was a pupil of
the Cubist Master Fernand Leger.
the end of the Second World-War, the Parisian art scene had moved
towards Abstract Expressionism and Abboud’s style characterized by
loose brushwork and a lack of figurative subject matter, reaffirmed the
artist as an unmistakable child of the movement.
1952 he enrolled at the prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts where he
studied drawing and engraving. In 1959 Abboud participated in the first
Biennale to be held in Paris. He was awarded the Prix Victor Choquet in
1961, and consequently was granted solo exhibitions in France, Lebanon,
Italy, Germany, Holland and Denmark. His works are found in the
permanent collection of the Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges
Pompidou, Paris and hanging on the walls of French government
buildings. A catalogue raisonne of Abboud’s work has recently been
published by Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.
Abboud lived in Paris until his death in 2004.
Salwa Zeidan Gallery, http://www.salwazeidangallery.com/Chafic_Abboud_ADAF.html