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Shafic ABBOUD (1926-2004)

Shafic Abboud is a non-figurative painter from the Second School of Paris, born in Mhaydse, Lebanon. In 1947 he he left his engineer studies and moved to Paris, where he started to work in the ateliers of Metzinger, Othon Friesz, Fernand Léger et d’André Lhote. He enrolled at the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts where he studied painting, engraving and lithography with Heuzé, Goerg and Jaudon. The multidisciplinary outcome of his researches pulled him towards different mediums all along his career: painting, prints, drawings and sculptures.

Shafic Abboud also worked with ceramic, tapestry and he collaborated with several poets and artists. In 1967 Abboud exhibited his work alongside Ida Karskaya in Paris. Abboud was also a member of the committee for the “Salon des Réalités Nouvelles”.

Shafic Abboud’s work was recognized in the early 1950s and several solo exhibitions were organized in France, Germany and Lebanon. In 1961 he received the Prix Victor Choquet (Ministère des Finances) in Paris and in 1964 the Prix du Musée Sursock in Beyrouth. 

His works are included in several international collections, both private and public, such as the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. In 1979, Shafic Abboud created a ceramic and copper wall, “Piscine des Cours des Lions” for the City of Paris, in the 11th arrondissement.

A monographic work has been published on his work: Shafic Abboud, Monograph, Texts in French, CLEA Publishing, 2006, Paris.