1935. Victor Boulos Haddad, born 1st June 1935, at Ghazir, Lebanon.
1954 - 1957. Professor of Art, College of the Apostles, Jounieh.
1955. Instilled with a love for musical theatre, he wrote and directed his first play “Lea MArins.
1956. Participated in UNESCO's International Childhood Congregation, Lebanon.
1958 - 1962. Awarded a scholarship by the Spanish government to study at the San Fernanda University of Fine Arts, Madrid.
1962. Inspired by a love for his homeland, he wrote and directed his second play entitled «La Ville n’est pas pour Les Gitans».
1963 - 1960. Returned to Lebanon to continue teaching at the College of the Apostles, Jounieh.
1964. Adapted and directed for the theatre Antoine de St.Exupery's novel ale Petit Prince".
1970. Having previously studied the techniques of stained glass design and manufacture, he created and had installed his first windows in St. Stephen's Church, Batroun.
1974. Designed and created a further 12 stained glass panels for the chapel of the Sisters of Charity, Zouk.
1982. Traveled to Paris to collaborate with the artist Philip Andrieux, President du Syndicat de Verriers de France, on the design and execution of the stained glass windows for St. Teckle's Church, Southern Lebanon.
1991. Commenced his research into Lebanon; Land of Phoenician History, encompassing the various and varied civilizations that have occupied the country of his birth. 6,000 years of Roman, Greek, Assyrian, Egyptian, Persian, Crusader and Arab history, together with their distinct architectural styles, inspired him too develop the highly personalized style for which he is today renowned.
1995. Nominated by the Lebanese Government to decorate the official residence of the President of the Chamber of Deputies, which subsequently acquired 11 of his paintings for the palace collection.
1996. Engaged by H.E. Sheikh Khaled Bin Saqr el Kasimi, governor of Ras el Khayma, United Arab Emirates, to decorate the governor’s palace including the acquisition of 20 paintings fox the palace collection.
2000. Selected by the Minister of Culture to represent Lebanon during “Culture Week” at the Culture Foundation, Abu Dhabi.
Invited to membership of the Lebanese Artists Association of Painters & Sculptors and membership to the International Association of Art, UNESCO.
2001. Honoured by the Lebanese Culture Club of “La Jaconde” with “Best Artist of the Year 2001”.
2002. Published his first book “Lebanon Through The Agee” consisting of 53 paintings depicting the mythology in which his country is steeped.
Awarded with a Letter of Commendation by H.E. Emile Lahoud, President of the Republic of Lebanon.
Further awarded by H.E. Mr. Rafc Hariri, Prime Minister.
2003. Honored by the Lebanese Movement Culture (Antelias).
2009. Honored by General Jean Ahwajeh for the day of the Lebanese Army (Casino du Liban).
2014. Honored by Mubadarat, USEK (Jounieh - Kaslik)
2016. Worked the masterpiece painting of "Le Bienheureux P. Jacques Haddad" (210 x 130 cm)
Throughout his professional career, Victor Haddad has been considered one of his country's finest artists with his work the subject of debate by art critics both at home and abroad. In his role as a member of the Lebanese Artists Association of Painters & Sculptors, he continues to contribute to the Lebanon’s artistic fabric by organizing and participating in numerous national and international art symposiums.
Julia Mamaea (126 x 96 cm, Oil on Canvas) - One of Haddad's masterpieces.
In 1839, the U.S. Frigate “Constitution”, sailed into the harbors of Beirut. On board where Commodore Jesse D. Elliot and his officers, amateur archaeologists. They went to work and in no time unearthed two sculptured sarcophagi of imported Preconnesian marble buried side by side.
One sarcophagus bore an inscription to Julia Mamaea mother of Alexander Severus. They placed them on board the frigate and took them back to U.S.A as Commodore Elliot thought it proper and fitting to offer the emperor’s sarcophagus to General Andrews Jackson, The president of United States 1828-1836, as his last resting place…
II- AN ARRAY OF LEGENDS MAKING HISTORY AND ITS SYMBOLS
From the light of the Orient, legends were born. From the ethereal Orient, lime became torrents of symbols and figures. From its brightness, memory revived a History mull of mythologies, glory, exploits, knowledge and love.
Victor Haddad discovered the past indeed through that torrent of light... the light of the prophets... the commandments of God... and the land of Canaan. He dealt with its science, civilizations, architecture and parables, after having spent years in understanding it.
On his canvas, lie revived the glamour of ancient Lebanon. lie depicted its science and poetry, architecture and figures, not with letters, but with ethereal colors, transparent lines and melted forms.
Coastal towns... Beirut, Sidon, Tyre, Byblos, Tripoli, Baalbeck... The brush absorbs History and draws allegories, epics, Iliads. Life and death are at the core of the legends and symbols surrounding them and nesting in their curves. They become more surrealistic and so very familiar to who followed History from Phoenician era to Islamic conquest, through civilizations that colonized the coast, the mountains and the plain, and built on it buried monuments as well as a language and a heritage that are still engraved on the rock... on the coins.
The rich knowledge of Lebanon's ancient History, the deep grasp of its architecture, the passion for its myths, the intervention of Gods in fertilizing life and creating a symbiosis between man and nature: all this made Victor Haddad employ his unique art in delivering grand work. His paintings immortalize History... epic reality, allegories stemming from harmony between Gods and men, between life and death,... love, transcendence of earthly considerations so that man becomes a semi god capable of overcoming obstacles and defeating destiny.
One of his paintings depicts Cadmus holding the Phoenician alphabet under his arms, while surrounded by legendary symbols. We take pleasure in reading the legend: Cadmus searching for his sister Europe who was kidnapped including Cadmus, went round the world and founded cities where they disseminated science, civilization and language.
Another one of his works is the triad of Adonis and Ashtarout: life, nature and death. Distinguished colors reflect the subject, hence they tend to be dark red when Adonis dies and resuscitates in the shape of an anemone.
The artist transcended the legend and widened its horizons. He insisted on reality through architecture. He gave back to Beirut its seven gates... Its glory. The background of his paintings reflects a city we have always dreamt of, a city with columns, engravings and mosaics. Glorious Baalbeck and its historic stairs became a dance floor. His style is a mixture of surrealism, cubic lines and artistic engravings.
The more he touches to modem History, the more myths open the way to culture engraved on the rock; multiple eras appear .in the painting of Sidon, that is a mixture of Greek, Roman, Phoenician, Assyrian and Arab styles.
Victor Haddad portrayed Lebanon's History, its art, science, culture and architecture. His style is cereminial, whether in colors, mosaics or engravings... and especially in bringing to life the ancient mythological man with his misery, beauty, youth, life, death and resurrection.
May Menassa, Art Critic (translation)
III-Articles: (In French)
...Et le Liban nous est conté -Liban et sa Mythologie- Liban est ses Dieux,
de l'amour ou du soleil.
Avec une technique Scrupuleusement artistique, si nécessaire pour nous donner le maximum de précision au contenu extraordinaire de ses tableaux, fruit d'un travail acharné, Victor Haddad nous emmène à travers les âges.
Victor Haddad aborde les rivages du mythe et du fantastique dans un grand
mouvement de transparence; ses couleurs sont celles d'un rêve Oriental où la femme est le centre de sa création
The items of information are taken from the book "Victor Haddad - Lebanon Through the Ages in Fifty Three Paintings", 1st edition 2002, trilingual English - French - Arabic, 142 pages, Size: 31 x 24.5 cm. If you are interested to own a book, please contact the artist. Order the Book Here
Artist Victor Haddad: Tel: +961 3 782261 // 9 915369