Saturday,17 November, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1404, (2 - 8 August 2018)
Saturday,17 November, 2018
Issue 1404, (2 - 8 August 2018)

Ahram Weekly

‏The legendary Tahia Halim

Tahia Halim
Tahia Halim

Among the acquisitions on permanent display at the Museum of Modern Egyptian Art are masterpieces by Tahia Halim (1919-2003).
The legendary artist managed to turn the brush into a weapon with which to fight for her and the people’s emancipation, but the most important feature of her art is its spontaneity of expression and delicacy of line, allowing for a constant dialogue of colour and light. Her use of black, which she liberates from negative associations, is remarkable. Other trademark colours include the red of Nile mud and the green of the surrounding fields.

Of Halim, the late literary critic Louis Awad said, “An artist with a broad imagination is one who creates situations of which no one has thought, and Tahia Halim is among those creative artists with high imaginative ability; she imagines the ancient Egyptian heritage mixed with the mud of the Nile Valley and echoes them on canvas in the image of modern Nubia’s children. They are images that had never existed before her and cannot be repeated after her.”

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