Saloua Raouda Choucair

Country: Lebanon

Title:  Hala Dual Piece

Medium: Wood

Size: 50 x 35 x 33 cm

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Choucair was born in Lebanon in 1916. She graduated from Beirut College for Women in Lebanon in 1938. Then she studied at the American University of Beirut and the École Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris during the 1940s and early 1950s. She received certificates from both the Pratt Institute in New York and the Cranbrook Academy of Art near Detroit in the mid-1950s. Working and exhibiting in Paris from 1946 until 1952, Choucair learned much about the traditions of early 20th-century abstraction.

Choucair's 1947 solo exhibition at the Arab Cultural Gallery in Beirut was the Arab world's first abstract painting exhibition. Her art is included in the collections of numerous museums, and as one of the Arab world's foremost sculptors, her work is widely known and highly regarded. She now lives and works in Beirut.

Her selected solo exhibitions include: Galerie Colette Alendy, Paris, 1951; Matériels, UNESCO Center, Beirut, 1962; honorary retrospective, sponsored by the Lebanese Artists Association at the National Council of Tourism Showroom, Beirut, 1974; sculpture exhibition, Galerie Contact, Beirut, 1977; Montada Gallery, Beirut, 1988; and retrospective, Dar-al-Nadwah, Beirut.
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