02 Paintings, Middle East Artists, Paul Guiragossian’s Mother and Child in Mandorla, with Footnotes, #48

Paul Guiragossian (Lebanese, 1926-1993)
Mother and Child in Mandorla, c. 1982

Oil on canvas
39 3/8 x 31½in. (100 x 80cm.)
Private collection

Child in Mandorla by Modern master Paul Guiragossian represents the artist’s quest to find harmony in both his works and his life. Seeking a balance between an expressionist touch that references reality and chromatic elements that express emotional movement and a new reality, the present work shows a deep precision in his brushstroke and composition, serving to highlight the underlying theme of childhood and maternity.

From the 1970s onwards, Guiragossian applied thick brushstrokes to depict elongated abstract figures and multiple layers of paint of vibrant hues that are reminiscent of the tones used by the Fauves artists. In the present work from the early 1980s, Guiragossian combines figurative depictions with broad and flat brushstrokes that highlight his transition into what was to become completely reduced abstract vertical lines. More on this painting

Paul Guiragossian (1926 — November 20, 1993) was an Armenian Lebanese painter. Born to Armenian parents, Paul Guiragossian experienced the consequences of exile from a very tender age. Raised in boarding schools, he grew up away from his mother who had to work to make sure her two sons got an education…

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Author: Zaidan Art Blog

I search Art History for Beautiful works that may, or may not, have a secondary or unexpected story to tell. I then write short summaries that grow from my research. Art work is so much more when its secrets are exposed

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