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Published in Al-Ahram Weekly on 01 - 01 - 2013

A thrilling trio exhibition features the paintings of three pioneer artists: Gazbia Sirry, Tahia Halim and Ingy Aflaton is currently on display at Picasso gallery in Zamalek.
Born in 1919, Tahia Halim passed awayon 24May 2003 aged 83. Painting was the first and foremost kind of love she did fall in. Halim is one of the pioneers of the Modern Expressive Movement in the 1960s, where she excelled in expressing the Egyptian character's idiosyncrasies in her works. She has many works concerning the Nile, boats and the popular and national subjects for which she has been granted several honourary awards in Egypt and abroad.
Well known as the artist of the legendary realism, Halim has never hided her infatuation by the Nubian woman and scenes of old Nuba before it was drowned under the waters of Nasser Lake. She used to decorate the white facades of the houses with mosaic. She painted her dreams and the dreams of the viewer of her paintings. She loved all art genres and spent most of her life in her studio.
Born in 1925, Gazbia Sirry studied fine arts at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Helwan University. She graduated in 1948 and became a professor in the painting department of the Faculty of Art Education. She was also a professor at the American University in Cairo (1980-1981). She is among the most influential artists who belong to the second generation since the 1950s. She has had more than 50 personal exhibitions, official purchases by international museums, international prizes, scholarships and university chairs.The painting depicting houses in the above is a picture 50x50cm, oil on hardboard created by Sirry.
The exhibition is on until 9 January.
Nagwa El-Ashri

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