About The Work
Ammar Farhat has always made the woman, the Bedouin or the bourgeois or the traditional bride, the keystone of his work.
The source of inspiration for the subject of the woman found in his paintings is his neighbourhood, the city, his native village, his people, which is more exhilarating for him than school. The school of the street, the school of life.
In this painting he represents the portrait of two women of the people or perhaps his mother whose face ennobles with beauty and modesty.
"The portrait of my mother is in my heart, to do it now would force me to suffer, I who want to chase from my mind the idea that my mother was taken by death. » Ammar Farhat
Ammar Farhat (Tunisia, 1911 – 1987) was born in Béja and orphaned at the age of five, Farhat is a self-taught painter who began his art career at age fifteen by making portraits in cafés and was discovered at the 1937 Tunisian Salon. He quickly became one of Tunisia’s most important modern artists. His first solo exhibition was held in 1940, and he later joined other young artists of his generation who formed the École de Tunis in 1948. His talent was quickly recognized with the Prize of the Young Tunisian painting at the 1949 Tunisian Salon, allowing him to travel to Paris. Farhat’s figurative paintings depict vivid scenes from the everyday lives of Tunisia’s rural working class such as tattooed old women, wedding ceremonies, musicians, and dancers; all miserable but cheerful people with a rare freshness. In 1984, he won the National Art Prize and a cultural center in his hometown of Béja that was named after him.
Founded in 2004 in Tunis by Essia Hamdi, the gallery presents works of internationally renowned artists, talented and proven.
Since its creation, its founder has continued to link projects and exhibitions, choosing to implement a two-fold policy.
One concerns modern Tunisian artists (such as those of the Tunis school: Ali Bellagha, AbdelaziziGorgi ... and international (like Pomar and Sosno).
The other part gives an opportunity for young contemporary artists to express themselves through different mediums ranging from photo to video and installations; Essia Hamdi entrusted them with this task in the form of 'Carte Blanche'.
The gallery's participation in prestigious art fairs not only allowed artists to be visible outside their home country, but also to the acquisition of some works from important museums, such as the Guggenheim's Abu Dhabi.