It's likely you won't have heard of Saloua Raouda Choucair. Which is a shame because this Lebanese artist has produced some beautiful, striking and wonderfully modernist pieces throughout her career as a painter and sculpture. The good news is that a long-overdue exhibition of her work is opening at Tate Modern soon.
|All images: The Salouda Raouda Choucair Foundation|
The sculptures are indeed strongly architectural in feel and the use of colour in her paintings is beautiful, the self-portrait (top image) in particular. I found myself thinking of Modigliani, Louise Bourgeois and Brancusi; many of the materials used in the sculptures are refined and polished giving a gorgeous solidity to the works. I wonder what the public will make of this wonderful work?
Ann hopes the exhibition will “introduce Choucair's work to a broader audience and to give her some long-overdue recognition. We also hope to do justice to her ideas and creativity and the potential within her work that was, sadly, often constrained by geographic and politial circumstances.”
Saloua Raouda Choucair at Tate Modern 16 April- 20 October 2013