Jilali Gharbaoui

Composition, 1969
Öl auf Leinwand
54 x 77 cm

Jilali Gharbaoui
Geboren 1930, Jorf El Melha, Marokko
Gestorben 1971, Paris, Frankreich

Gharbaoui was a leading artist of the modernist movement in Morocco. Unlike others at the time, such as his contemporary Ahmed Cherkaoui, who grounded their modernist practice in symbols of Moroccan culture, Gharbaoui rooted his abstraction in the materiality of paint and gesture of the brushstroke on canvas. Practicing as both a painter and sculptor, Gharbaoui’s earlier works are relatively representational. His later abstract works, however, such as this 1969 painting, highlight the movement of the brushwork and emphasize the layered texture of the paint on the canvas. Notice, for instance, the loose red brushstrokes whose linear repetition forms the background and the buildup of paint around the white circular forms. Gharbaoui often leaves patches of canvas untouched by paint. As such, Composition, is a true tribute to modernism.

Text von Sarah Rogers

© Foto: Courtesy Barjeel Art Foundation

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Höhepunkte aus der Sammlung der Barjeel Art Foundation. Sharjah Art Museum, VAE, 12. Mai 2018 - 31. Mai 2023. Kuratoren: Salwa Mikdadi, Mandy Merzaban, Karim Sultan.

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