present our new site OneFineArt, with Lebanese and Arab artists
past and present, painters, sculptors, poets and writers.
OneFineArt brings to these pages those pioneers who over
the last 200 years, from 1800 to the present day, have
followed the call of the great human adventure.
site honours our artistic heritage and its creators. There
is no pretence of presenting the whole of our illustrious
history by going back 6,000 years to show all the achievements
of our country, before, during and after the invention
of the alphabet and the carving of the Sarcophagus of
simply recalls that, during the four centuries or so of
Ottoman occupation when the Middle East lay dormant under
the weight of ignorance, decadence and submission to the
Sublime Porte, one heart still beat strongly, a heart
from which burst forth the flame of the Arab Renaissance,
An-Nahda, literary, artistic and patriotic. From Lebanon
the Renaissance, An-Nahda, burst forth giving its light
first to Egypt and then to the whole region.
of the day:
introduces works of past Lebanese and Arab artists,
painters, sculptors, photographers, graphic artists,
craftsmen, poets, writers, calligraphers, illustrators,
Toufic Abdul Al
is true that there had been monks and laymen who conceived,
drew and pointed various subjects, often naïve, mostly
religious, to decorate our monasteries and churches. These were
often influenced by our relations with the West, in particular
France, Austria, Spain and Italy. There were exchanges and copies
were made of the original works of masters to embellish our
places of worship and the reception rooms of our bourgeoisie.
one must not forget the orientalists and the missions of scholars
who passed through our land, under whose inspiration young painters
began in the second half of the nineteenth century to take ship
for Rome, Paris and London, such men as Corm, Srour, Saliby and
Howayek, while others like Gibran emigrated to the New World. In
this way there was a new flowering of the arts among the Lebanese
in the 20th century another wave followed the same direction, including
Onsi, Gemayel, Farroukh, Doweihy, Corm and Wehby, to mention but
were set up in Lebanon and there were art exhibitions and conferences,
while an Academy of Fine Arts was created. So Lebanon entered the
great artistic round in the development of humanity. It is true
that art has no frontiers but certain subjects have the perfume
of our own particular national heritage.
is the intention of OneFineArt to give an opening for these artists
of the recent or earlier past, whose works are still present and
alive amongst us, Khalifeh, Bassbous, Akl, Guiragossian, Najem, Ghali,
Abboud, Charaf, El Mir, Sfeir, Tomb, Zoghbi and Zgheib. The list
is long and the work, research and documentation have been long
and difficult. But in this way OneFineArt remains faithful to its
purpose of promoting the arts and the artists of Lebanon and of
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