Shafic Abboud

  • Born 1926 in Bikfaya, Lebanon
  • Died 2004 in Paris, France
Shafic Abboud studied at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA) under César Gemayel (1898–1958) before he went to Paris in 1947. There he studied at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts and frequented the studios of Jean Metzinger (1883–1956), Fernand Léger (1881–1955), and André Lhote (1885–1962). He returned to Lebanon in 1949 and held his first solo show of figurative paintings in Beirut in 1950. The following year he resettled in Paris. During the first half of the 1950s Abboud developed an admiration for the art of Pierre Bonnard (1867–1947), Roger Bissière (1886–1964), and Nicolas de Staël (1914–1955). With the support of the art critic Roger van Gindertael (1899–1982), Abboud had his first Parisian exhibition of abstract works in 1955. He was invited to the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles in Paris and was the only Arab artist included in the first Paris Biennale in 1959. As a painter Abboud is renowned for the subtle incorporation of his Lebanese roots, namely his childhood memories and the landscape of Mount Lebanon, into his masterfully balanced compositions, as well as for his balanced use of color. He traveled often and consistently returned to his homeland, where he played a major role in Beirut’s cultural and artistic life.

Artworks by Shafic Abboud in the exhibition