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SALAH TAHER, Egypt (1911 - 2007)


Born in 1911 in Cairo, Salah Taher was an Egyptian painter and educator. His philosophical approach in abstraction left an enduring mark in modern Egyptian art. In 1934, Taher completed his studies...

Born in 1911 in Cairo, Salah Taher was an Egyptian painter and educator. His philosophical approach in abstraction left an enduring mark in modern Egyptian art. In 1934, Taher completed his studies at the Academy of Fine Art in Cairo. He later became a Lecturer at the same Academy until 1954. As an arts administrator, he held many positions: he headed the Museum of Modern Arts in 1954  and the Khedival Opera House in 1962, both in Cairo. During the 1960s, he worked at Al-Ahram Egyptian daily newspaper. Besides, he worked as a part-time professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts and the Cinema Institute in Cairo. In the 1980s, Taher was appointed head of the Society of Advocates of Fine Arts in Cairo.

Taher emphasized spirituality in his abstracted art. His depictions of imagined figures and happenings were translated into dynamic shapes and colors. Music and literature were his main inspirations. Taher could interpret a structured piece of music into corresponding patterns of swirling shapes in gestural applications. Arabic calligraphy was central in his work too. However, he was not interested in mastering a particular Calligraphy style. Instead, he followed the motion applied in the construction of Arabic letters. He created a series of abstractions using the word Huwa in Arabic, meaning 'He' which refers to the almighty creator. Taher used a flat brush or a pallet- knife technique to achieve his signature swiping touch while moving the diluted paint on his canvas. In depicting portraiture, he believed that producing a recognizable likeness mattered less than the ability to "go beneath and beyond the face." He portrayed an abstract of his sitter.

An avid reader, Taher left behind a library of forty thousand books ,which covered  a multitude of subjects including literature, music, history of art,  and human psychology. He was particularly close to late Egyptian writer Abbas Mahmoud Al-Akkad and befriended the Egyptian writer Tawfik Al-Hakim. Taher was an athlete and an accomplished yogi. He believed that physical and mental mediation is the route to proper insight.

During years 1959 and 1961, Taher received the State Incentive Award, the Alexandria Biennale Award, and the Guggenheim Award. In 2001, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina published an encyclopaedic volume documenting his life and work, honoring him alongside Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz in a fully dedicated program called 'The brush and the pen.' Salah Taher passed away in 2003, in Cairo leaving behind an artistic legacy - his son Ayman Taher.

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(٢- صلاح طاهر موسيقار الألوان ( ١
لوتس عبد الكريم, Arabic, 2017
الفنان التشكيلي صلاح طاهر: ذكرياتي الرمضانية مزركشة بالألوان
Al Bayan, Arabic, 2005
Salah Taher 1911-2007
Nagwa El-Ashri
Ahram Online, English, 2020
(تداول صورة ل"الست" تتأمل لوحة رسمها لها صلاح طاهر (تحديث, Arabic, 2014
صلاح طاهر عازف مبدع على أوتار الألوان
ثناء الكراس
بوابة فيتو, Arabic, 2020
صلاح طاهر
الهيئة العامة للاستعلامات, Arabic, 2014
صلاح طاهر.. موسيقار الفن التشكيلي
المجلة العربية, Arabic, 2017
"صلاح طاهر.. ملامح التصوف في لوحات تحمل معنى "هو
عبد الرحيم قناوي, Arabic, 2017
Salah Taher
Le Monde, French, 1965
رسام المشاھیر أول الفائزين ب "جائزة مبارك"، ولوحته "الأعجوبة" ثمنھا 3 ملايین دولار . ممیزاً بین "الصنايعي" و"لمبدع" ومعتبراً الفن أرقى من السیاسة صلاح طاھر: متى يعیش الفنان العربي من لوحاته ؟
محمد الشاذلي, Arabic, 1999
وفاة الفنان التشكیلي المصري صلاح طاھر
Al Jazeera, Arabic, 2007
رحيل الفنان التشكيلي صلاح طاهر
المحرر الثقافي
MEO, Arabic, 2007
رحل عن 96 عاما 18 و ألف لوحة ...التشكيلي صلاح طاهر وتحوله من الكلاسيكية إلى التجريد
الدستور, Arabic, 2007
زارته الجزيرة داخل مرسمه,الفنان الكبير صلاح طاهر
ترنيمة ياسين
Al Jazirah Corporation, Arabic, 2000
Salah Taher: The yogi of Zamalek
Youssef Rakha
Al Ahram Weekly, English, 2007
The Collector's Eye From 02-08-2015 to 27-08-2015
Ubuntu Art Gallery, English, 2015
The Collector's Eye 2 @ Ubuntu Art Gallery
Cairo Scene, 2016
The Collector's Eye III From 21-09-2016 to 05-10-2016
Ubuntu Art Gallery, 2016
The Collector's Eye IV 13-09-2017 to 30-09-2017
Ubuntu Art Gallery, 2017
Trumpets, Dressage And Oasis Spa: A Golden Age Reflected In Ubuntu’s Latest Exhibition
Ibrahem Abdel Ghany, English, 2018
The Collector's Eye V 09-09-2018 to 22-09-2018
Ubuntu Art Gallery, English, 2018
Highlights from ‘The Collector’s Eye VI’ at Cairo’s Ubuntu Gallery
Arab News, English, 2019
The Collector's Eye VI 01-09-2019 to 14-09-2019
Ubuntu Art Gallery, English, 2019
مصر تكرم صلاح طاهر بلوحات تعرض لأول مرة
بدر محمد بدر
Al Jazeera, Arabic, 2008
معرض للوحات الفنان التشكیلي “صلاح طاھر” بوسط البلد
منة محمود
Arts Gulf, Arabic, 2017


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