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FARID AOUAD FARID AOUAD

FARID AOUAD, Lebanon (1924 - 1982)

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Bio

Written by Rami Karim

Farid Aouad was born in Al Maydan, a village in the Nabatiyeh Governorate of South Lebanon, in 1924. He studied at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts from 1943 to 1947, followed by a year at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. After his studies, Aouad worked in the Paris studios of Othon Friesz and André Lhote from 1948 to 1951. He then returned to Lebanon for seven years before permanently settling in Paris in 1959. 

Working primarily in pastels, Aouad is best known for painting subjects that reflect his solitude. He often depicted scenes of lonely strangers in bars and cafés, figures in the street, train passengers, and fishermen at work. Aouad began experimenting with shape and color at the end of the 1960s. His paintings became marked by a textured haze that obscures the finer details of his subjects while layering emotionality into the frame at large. It was during this period that he developed an interest in man’s mysterious relationship to the cosmos, communicated by frenzied strokes and formless human faces. The streets of old Beirut and Paris are also recurring locales in Aouad’s work, and he painted their characters in the same morose style.

Often weighed down by sickness and poverty, Aouad created pieces that narrated, if obliquely, his enduring personal struggles. This is apparent in his views of lively public spaces, which communicate a sense of alienation. Aouad’s practice is somewhat in conversation with that of artists like Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, and Toulouse Lautrec in depicting scenes of theater productions; like this cohort, Aouad hones in on the audience instead of performers. It is through these voyeurs that Aoaud projects his existential angst. Unlike performers, Aouad’s audience members are not fabricated characters in a perfect narrative, but rather humans like himself, finding their way through the performance and life at large. Furthermore, Aouad’s figures do not exude the joy or sense of togetherness that their contexts might otherwise suggest. They are instead framed by a profound sense of existential torment. Their bodies remain present throughout each work, but their minds roam unseen, their absence deeply felt. The careful balance of vibrant colors and sullen content represents the crux of Aouad’s signature style. More than merely transcribing what he saw, the artist saturated his representations with a palpable sense of dire emotional distress.

Aouad passed away in 1982.

Sources

The Mokbel Art Collection - Collection. Accessed March 01, 2019. http://www.mokbelartcollection.com/faartist.htm.

Matar, William. One Fine Art | Artists - Painters / Daoud Corm. Accessed March 01, 2019. https://www.onefineart.com/art... 

The Mokbel Art Collection - Collection. Accessed March 01, 2019. http://www.mokbelartcollection.com/faartist.htm.

One Hundred Years of Plastic Arts in Lebanon I, 1880-1980. Beirut: Chahine Gallery, 1982.

Abillama, Nour Salamé, Marie Tomb, Amin Maalouf, Joseph Tarrab, Cesar Nammour, Maha Azizé Sultan, Fayçal Sultan, and Gregory Buchakjian. Art from Lebanon: Modern and contemporary artists. Beirut, Lebanon: Wonderful Editions, 2012.

Cent Ans Dart Plastique Au Liban 1880-1980 = One Hundred Years of Plastic Arts in Lebanon 1880-1980. Beirut: Chahine Gallery, 1982.

May Menassa. Farid Aouad, Dernières Oeuvres. Kaslik: Alwane Gallery, 1996.

Official, Tele Liban. "5 De Pic - Farid Awad." YouTube. May 08, 2017. Accessed May 20, 2019.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1_OlX3XLks.

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CV

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2011

Alwane Gallery, Kaslik, Lebanon

2008

Galerie 6, Paris

1996

Dernieres Oeuvres de Farid Aouad, Alwane Gallery, Kaslik, Lebanon

1988

Hommage a Farid Aouad, Alwane Gallery, Kaslik, Lebanon

1982

Mort à Paris, Paris, France

1971

L’Amateur Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
Galleria La Barcaccia, Rome, Italy

1969

Sulzbach-Murr, Germany

1968

Dar el Fan, Beirut, Lebanon

1964

Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, Paris, France

1963

Galerie Cazeneuve, Beirut, Lebanon

1958

Licorne, Beirut, Lebanon

1954

Fritz Gotthef, Beirut, Lebanon

1952

Fritz Gotthef, Beirut, Lebanon

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019

A la plume, au pinceau, au crayon : dessins du monde arabe, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France

2013

جولة في تراثنا, Beirut Exhibition Center, Lebanon

2012

Art from Lebanon, Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut, Lebanon
Tajreed, CAP Kuwait, Kuwait

2011

MENASArt, Beirut, Lebanon

1998

ALBA, Beirut, Lebanon

1982

Sursock Museum, Lebanon

1978

Galerie Rode, Mahnnhein, Germany

1972

Galerie "498", Sulzbach-Mein, Germany

1960

Galerie Duraud Ruel, Paris, France

Honors and Awards

1957

Prize of the Spring Salon, UNESCO Palace, Beirut, Lebanon

Collections

Sursock Museum, Beirut, Lebanon
Lebanese Ministry of Culture collection
Ramzi and Saeda Dalloul Art Foundation, Beirut, Lebanon
Saradar Collection, Beirut, Lebanon
The Mokbel Art Collection, Beirut, Lebanon
Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France

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Documents

Farid Aouad (Lebanon, 1924-1982)
Bonhams, English
Cent Ans d'Art Plastique Au Liban I. One Hundred Years of Plastic Arts in Lebanon I
Chahine Gallery
Chahine Gallery, English,Arabic,French, 1982

Book p.28

Art From Lebanon. Modern and Contemporary Artists 1880-1975
Nour Salame Abillama & Marie Tomb
Wonderful Editions, English, 2012

Book p. 186 to 197

La Lutte Avec La Peinture
Joseph Tarrab
Alwane, French/Arabic, 1996

Catalogue

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Press

الفنان فريد عواد مغامرة الاختبارية 1924-1982
د. عادل قديح
crdp.org, Arabic
Bonhams breaks records at Middle Eastern and Lebonese art event
Mark Banham
privateartinvestor.com, English
Bonhams is reading its first ever sale of Lebanese Modern Art
dotwnews.com, English, 2016
Beirut: A World Of Art
staff.aub.edu.lb, English, 2008
Farid Awad: "Je fais des portraits d'ambiance"
1971
باتيك فيليب.. الساعة الأغلى ب-650 ألف دولار
موزة خميس
alittihad.ae, Arabic, 2015
كريستيز تنظم مزاداً لبيع 14 عملاً فنياً لبنانيا - أخبار منوعة
tahawolat.net, Arabic, 2015
كريستيز دبي : مزاد الربيع اسثنائي بألوان لبنانية
emaratalyoum.com, Arabic, 2015
الجيل التشكيلي اللبناني الأول في معرض جماعي. تجارب لرؤية أكبر من مساحة العين
مهى سلطان
alhayat.com, Arabic, 1998
ميناسارت: الربيع العربي يغذي حركات الفن المعاصر
مشاعل بشير
middle-east-online.com, Arabic, 2011
TRACES OF DRAWINGS (JUNE 16TH, 2019 - ON GOING)
NABU, English, 2019

Press Release

رسومٌ تركت أثرًا في الفن اللبناني :« نابو » متحف
al-akhbar.com, Arabic, 2019
Traces of Drawings - A selection of Lebanese artwork
One Fine Art
Lebanese Artist Feels More at Home in Paris
Myra Mirshak
The Daily Star/Saradar Archives, 1971
الأعمال الأخيرة للفنان التشكيلي فريد عواد في غاليري ألوان. صراع مع الرسم و اللون بحثاً عن أشياء هاربة
اسكندر داغر
الأسبوع العربي / Saradar Archives, 1996
EXPOSITION - La Galerie 6, rue Abdel Wahab el-Inglizi, ouvre ses portes Vagabondages en noir et blanc de Farid Aouad
Colette KHALAF
L'Orient le Jour, French, 2008
UN ART DE TENDANCE ACADÉMIQUE, MINUTIEUX ET PRÉCIS EXPOSITION FARID AOUAD À LA GALERIE 6
Nicole MALHAMÉ HARFOUCHE
rdl.com.lb, French, 2008
معرض مثير للكبيرين فريد عواد و أسادور في غاليري ألوان- الصيفي
Al Mustakbal, Arabic, 2011
معرض مثير للكبيرين فريد و أسادور
artsgulf.com, 2011
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Videos

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Exhibitions

FARID AOUAD Artwork