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Contemporary Artists from the Valley of the Nile
"The private collection of The Arab Bank and The Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation".
Egypt
Mahmoud Mukhtar (1890-1970)
Bronze Sculpture (height 30cm)
Bronze Sculpture (height 30cm)


1891
Born in Tanbara
1908
Studied art in Cairo, then to Paris in 1911
His sculptures were the first works of modern art by an Egyptian to be exhibited abroad
His most famous sculptures are :
Saad Zaghloul and Egypt's Awakening
Yousef Kamel (1890-1971)
1891
Born in Cairo
1908
Studied at the School of Fine Arts in Cairo
1921
Traveled to Rome to resume studying art
1929
He became a professor of oil painting at The Higher School of Fine Arts ( the first Egyptian to teach there)
1971
Died in Cairo
The Market (oil on canvas 27 X 21)
The Market (oil on canvas 27 X 21)
 
Ragheb Ayyad (1892-1982)
The Camel Master (water color on paper 68.5 X 48)
The Camel Master (water color on paper 68.5 X 48)
1892
Born in Faggala
1908
Studied at The Faculty of Fine Arts in Cairo
1925
Went to Rome to study Art for five years
1930
Head of the Decoration Department at the school of Applied Arts
1942
Department Head of Independent Studies
1950
Curator of the Cairo Museum of Modern Art
 
Seif Wanly (1906-1979)
1906
Born in Alexandria
1925-1929
Studied Art in Alexandria with an Italian painter
1932
He founded the first Egyptian artist's studio in Alexandria
1959
Professor of painting in Alexandria Faculty of Fine Arts
1979
Died in Stockholm
Semaphore (oil on canvas 80 X 63)
Semaphore (oil on canvas 80 X 63)
 
Angi Aflaton (1924-1989)

The High Dam (oil on canvas 102 X 66cm)
The High Dam (oil on canvas 102 X 66cm)

1924
Born in Cairo
She studied art with Kamel Telmassany then with Hamed Abdallah
1945
She joined the Democratic International Feminist Union Published several books, the most famous being "Eighty Million Women with Us"
Her art deals with social issues in Egypt, and focuses on Women Workers
 
Ramsis Wissa (1911-1974)


1911
Born in Cairo
1935
Studied Architecture and art in Paris
Opened a workshop for the children and the artisants in the Egyptian countryside, thier tapestries gained international recognition.
Tapestry (300 X240cm)
Tapestry (300 X240cm)
 
Tahia Halim (1919)


Karkadeh Field (Oil on canvas 99 X99cm)

1919
Born in Sudan
1941
Studied Art with Yousef Taraboulsi and then with Hamed Abdullah
1949
Studied at the Julien Academy for three years, Paris
She returned to Egypt and taught painting at her studio in Zamalek from 1957-1960
 
Jamal Sajini (1917-1977 )
1917
Born in Cairo
1950
Diploma in Sculpture and Medal Minting
Taught sculpture and art in Cairo

Motherhood
Bronze Sculpture (54cm)

Yousef Sayyeda (1922 -1994 )


Man's Heart & Tongue
Acrylic on canvas (100 x 76cm)


1922
Born in Damiat
1939
School of Applied arts in Cairo
1965
Doctorate in Art Spent his life painting and teaching art

1929
Born in Cairo
1953
Diploma from the Academy of Fine Art in Cairo

After having lived in France for 25 years, he came back to live in Egypt, and now heads the International Uswan Symposium (1996)

His forms are bold and full animated by lively but sudued tonalities accentulated by the third dimention of the papyrus that he uses as a main medium for his work, but he remains famous as a sculptor

Bronze Sculpture (89 X 18 X 22)
Bronze Sculpture (89 X 18 X 22)
Sudan
Mohammed Omar Khalil (1936)

Graphic
1936
Born in Burri, Sudan
Lives and works in New York since 1967
1959
Diploma in painting, school of Fine and Applied Art in Khartoum
1963-1966
Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Florence
1971-1983
Taught at the Pratt Institue
1991
Started teaching at the New York University
 

1957
Born in Wad Medani, Sudan. Works and lives in Spain.
1978
B.A with Honours in painting from the College of Fine Arts, Sudan
1983
Professor of Arts from Complutense University, Madrid, Spain
1984
M.A Painting, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain
1986
M.A Etching, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain
1991
Ph.D. Painting

Acrylic on canvas on board
 
 

"Artist from the valley of the Nile - Egypt and the Sudan"
By Makram Henein

...One can rarely find a collection that is as complete as the Arab Bank's collection in Cairo. Private companies or organizations or even individuals, seldom achieve that level of completion mainly because of a lack of organization or because of hazardous circumstances.

The Arab Bank's collection of the 20th Century Egyptian art comprises as much as six generations of artists, the only missing elements being George Sabbagh and Mahmoud Sai'd because of the scarcity and unavailability on the market of their productions (for the first generation). The bank has just acquired three rare works by the pioneer Habib Georgi just before the printing of this book.

Amongst the Bank's numerous and carefully selected acquisitions, it is important to mention four remarkable selections of the greatest talents in Egyptian art.

The first collection comprises eight creations by Jamal Sajini. (brass and bronze sculpture and oils).

The second one is constituted by six of the best oils by the famous Tahia Halim, plus one water colour.

The third one involves ten large pieces by Yousef Sayyda, founder of the School of Calligraphy in Egypt and the Arab world. It is worth mentioning his huge abstract murals of 1.5 m x 3m.

And at last, seven of Angi Aflaton's most intense paintings concerning social issues forms the fourth collection.

These four collections represent in my opinion the quintessential of what exists in modern Egyptian art. This selection acquired in an amazingly short period of time can be cited as an example of a thoroughly completed collection as much as for its chronology as for its scientific approach, covering in that way an entire Century...

Makram Henien
Art Critic
 
 
 


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