Tuesday,25 September, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1397, (7 - 20 June 2018)
Tuesday,25 September, 2018
Issue 1397, (7 - 20 June 2018)

Ahram Weekly

Salah Taher

Masterpiece by the late artist Salah Taher
Masterpiece by the late artist Salah Taher

Masterpieces by the late artist Salah Taher (1911-2007) tracing the various stages of his career are on permanent display at the Museum of Modern Egyptian Art.   

Taher is a member of the last generation of pioneers; his creative journey began in 1929, and he did not stop painting until he passed away at the age of 96.

He joined the School of Fine Arts in 1929, where he was a pupil of the late artist Ahmed Sabry and made his name with portraits and rural scenes, which he painted until 1956. That year, after a trip to the US, he began to produce abstract art again, and that quickly led to a Sufism-inspired mystical phase, with numerous paintings depicting the word huwa (or He), a reference to God. Their success was such that Saudi Arabia, which normally prohibited art, set up an exhibition of them. He also did the 99 Names of God...

Taher produced an astounding 18 thousand paintings, gave over 80 solo exhibitions and received the highest awards and honours imaginable.

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