Sculptor, Lebanon

Saloua Raouda Choucair was in Paris in the 1940s at Ferdinand Legier’s studio.

She has made vibrant pictures and sculptures made up of many small pieces which fit together.

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Composition in Blue Module 1947- 51

Photograph: Ray Tang/Rex/Shutterstock shown in Guardian review.

Despite the second World War, despite living and working in Beirut during exploding car bombs (there is broken glass embedded in one of her canvases), she continued to work until her 90s.  At that point, in 2013, the Tate Modern in London put on a small exhibition of her work – and made a short video of the preparation.  In the still below, the artist’s daughter is speaking on behalf of her mother, who at that point had Alzeheimer’s.  On the left is a characteristic interlocking sculpture.

The brief video gives a wonderful view of a wide variety of the sculptor’s works. A visual treat.



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