Saliba Douaihy

Saliba Douaihy started his early art training at the studio of Habib Srour in Beirut. Awarded a grant to study at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris from 1932 to 1936, he went on to continue his training in Rome. On his return to Lebanon he developed his practice, moving between religious and secular themes and natural and abstract scenes. Douaihy was named Cultural Representative of Lebanon by the country’s president in 1950, who tasked him with travelling to the United States in order to promote Lebanon as a cultural destination. It was in New York that the artist explored new trends in the city's modern art scene, including the emerging abstract expressionist movement. It was at this point that the artist's abstract minimalist style began to appear. From the collection of French Industrialist, Jacques Guérin, Composition Abstraite, painted in circa 1975, is made up of a flat field of olive green, broken up, towards the edges of the composition, by narrow, angled fields of cobalt blue, yellow, white, red and orange.