Sunday,18 February, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1380, (8 - 14 February 2018)
Sunday,18 February, 2018
Issue 1380, (8 - 14 February 2018)

Ahram Weekly

Remembering Nour Al-Youssef

Nour Al-Youssef
Nour Al-Youssef

Arcade gallery presents “Revival”, showcasing a collection of rare paintings by truly iconic, award-winning artist Nour Al-Youssef (1928-2000).  


Born in Alexandria in 1928, Nour Al-Youssef Salah Al-Din worked as a marine captain and studied art with his friend the exceptionally gifted Alexandrian artist Seif Wanli in the studio of Italian artist Otorino Becchi. He never married and devoted his life to art, isolated from society. Al-Youssef gave many private and group exhibitions outside Egypt through his travels to various countries all around the world. He gave only two or three exhibitions in Egypt, participated in a small number of group exhibitions – and received numerous international awards. Working as a sea captain enabled him to meet a wide range of international artists such as the Spanish Miro, the French Marcel Duchamp and the British Francis Bacon, who had a strong relationship with the artist and was influenced by the way he spaced his colours. He kept all his work except for paintings that he gifted to artist friends and Egyptian writers whom he used to visit such as Youssef Idris and Anis Mansour. Al-Youssef died in 2000 in his house in Alexandria, alone as he had lived, among his immortal paintings. The collection on display, belonging to Alexandrian art collector Fattouh Al-Kabea, is for sale.

The exhibition is on until 15 February

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