Michel Kurcheh was born in Damascus, Syria, in 1900. He graduated from the Ecole Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, in 1924. Upon his return to his native country, he taught art in Damascus high school until his retirement. He was awarded the National Syrian Garter in 1933 and the Culture Garter of the Syrian Region under the United Arab Republic in 1960. A pioneer of early Syrian art, Kurcheh mostly painted landscapes, quarters of Damascus, and portraits. His paintings are both realist and impressionist in color and form. He passed away in 1973.

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