Saloua Raouda Choucair

Lebanese, 1916–2017

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Saloua Raouda Choucair

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Lebanese, 1916–2017

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Lebanese painter and sculptor Saloua Raouda Choucair is acclaimed for her unique visual language and deeply intellectual approach that draws on mathematics, philosophy, science, Islamic art, architecture, spirituality, and modernism. Using an algorithmically generated method, the artist transformed basic shapes and lines into increasingly complex abstract forms. In this wooden modular sculpture, Choucair employed the straight line and curve, the two most basic elements of Islamic design, to create a visually dynamic and balanced piece. At each angle, the viewer discovers a distinct perspective of planes and voids that generate a spatial rhythm and lend an architectural presence to the work. This piece dates to 1960, around the time when Choucair began to dedicate herself to sculpture. Across a variety of materials, chief among them wood, her small and large scale sculpture pieces are often likened to interlocking modular puzzles with both spiritual and intellectual dimensions.

Born in Beirut in 1916, Choucair was a prolific artist, producing architectural plans, fountains, housewares, and jewellery in addition to painting and sculpture. She studied the natural sciences at the American Junior College for Women (1934-36), graduating from the Beirut College for Women in 1938 and training in the ateliers of Lebanese artists Moustafa Farroukh and Omar Onsi. In 1948, Choucair moved to Paris to pursue formal art training at the École des Beaux-Arts and trained in the studio of Fernand Léger. In 1950, her inclination toward geometric shapes and Arabic letters led her to organise L’Atelier de l'Art Abstrait with other avant-garde artists. During this time Choucair created her first non-objective works, showing early experimentation with repeated forms. She returned to Beirut in 1951. In 2011, the Beirut Art Center honoured her career with a retrospective as did the Tate Modern in London in 2013.

By Sarah Rogers, PhD

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Biography

Lebanese painter and sculptor Saloua Raouda Choucair is acclaimed for her unique visual language and deeply intellectual approach that draws on mathematics, philosophy, science, Islamic art, architecture, spirituality, and modernism. Using an algorithmically generated method, the artist transformed basic shapes and lines into increasingly complex abstract forms. In this wooden modular sculpture, Choucair employed the straight line and curve, the two most basic elements of Islamic design, to create a visually dynamic and balanced piece. At each angle, the viewer discovers a distinct perspective of planes and voids that generate a spatial rhythm and lend an architectural presence to the work. This piece dates to 1960, around the time when Choucair began to dedicate herself to sculpture. Across a variety of materials, chief among them wood, her small and large scale sculpture pieces are often likened to interlocking modular puzzles with both spiritual and intellectual dimensions.

Born in Beirut in 1916, Choucair was a prolific artist, producing architectural plans, fountains, housewares, and jewellery in addition to painting and sculpture. She studied the natural sciences at the American Junior College for Women (1934-36), graduating from the Beirut College for Women in 1938 and training in the ateliers of Lebanese artists Moustafa Farroukh and Omar Onsi. In 1948, Choucair moved to Paris to pursue formal art training at the École des Beaux-Arts and trained in the studio of Fernand Léger. In 1950, her inclination toward geometric shapes and Arabic letters led her to organise L’Atelier de l'Art Abstrait with other avant-garde artists. During this time Choucair created her first non-objective works, showing early experimentation with repeated forms. She returned to Beirut in 1951. In 2011, the Beirut Art Center honoured her career with a retrospective as did the Tate Modern in London in 2013.

By Sarah Rogers, PhD

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Tate Modern
Group
Group show at a major institution
Palais de Tokyo
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Sharjah Biennial
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