26 Aug. - 1 Sep. 1999
Issue No. 444
|Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875|
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Around the galleries
The scarcity of exhibitions in the summer makes it the perfect time to view the permanent collections in Cairo's various museums and galleries. And there are few places better to start than the Museum of Modern Egyptian Art, in the Opera House grounds. Hussein Bikar (b.1912), who represents that rare combination, artist and distinguished critic, is known not only for his portraits but also as a talented caricaturist. Bikar remained faithful to traditional models of portraiture and throughout a long career had no shortage of sitters happy for the artist to produce his realistic portraits which often, too, included details culled from ancient Egyptian styles.
Reviewed by Nagwa El-Ashri