Farid Aouad (Lebanese, 1924-1982)
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Farid Aouad (Lebanese, 1924-1982)

Silhouettes en Lumière

Farid Aouad (Lebanese, 1924-1982)
Silhouettes en Lumière
signed 'aouad' (lower right)
oil on canvas
23½ x 31¾in. (59.5 x 80.5cm.)
Painted circa 1970s
Collection of Mrs. Odile Mazloum, Beirut.
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
N. Salamé Abillama & M. Tomb, Art from Lebanon - Modern and Contemporary Artists 1880-1975, Vol. I, Beirut 2012 (illustrated in colour, p. 121).
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Lot Essay

Infamous for capturing scenes of strangers in the bars and cafés of Paris, Farid Aouad used his compositions to convey his own feelings of loneliness and solitude. In Silhouettes en Lumière an example from the artist's oeuvre that captures the artist's obsession with black and white before he shifted to use colour, anonymous silhouettes are drawn with nervous lines of figures congregating around a bar, as if ghosts of the city. Although seemingly full, the bar's eerie appearance as an amalgamation of histories and faint memories highlights the sense of isolation that Aouad felt and wished to impart to his viewers.

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