Featured Artists : Fateh Almudares

Fateh al-Moudarres (1922—1999) was a Syrian painter and one of the leaders of the modern art movement in Syria. Moudarres studied at theAccademia di Belle Arti in Rome , where he was influenced by Surrealism. After he completed his studies, he returned to Syria where he grew and honed his skills under the auspices of long-time friend, mentor, and tutor Wahbi Al Hiari.

Born in Aleppo Syria, Fateh Moudarres originally taught himself c realist techniques before becoming interested in Surrealism. He is considered a “master” Syrian surrealist painter.

After receiving his high school degree from the Aleppo American College , Moudarres studied at the Accademia de Belle Arti in Roma in Rome from 1954 to 1960 and developed a distinctive style of painting that incorporated both movements .He abandoned the religious iconography and Syrian Art references of his early work for non-objectivity in the 1960s. After 1967 however, his work took on political themes.

Moudarres studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris for three years in the early 1970s.

Growing up Fateh Moudarres spent much time in the countryside, but the agricultural crisis of the 1960s forced him to relocate to Damascus. The city at that time was experiencing a period of unprecedented growth and fast becoming an increasingly cramped and hostile environment in which to live. These conditions were compounded by the political and social unrest sweeping the Arab World. Against this backdrop Moudarres, along with several his artist contemporaries often sought to depict the everyday people and the problems they encountered. He was especially moved by the life of ordinary people in the Syrian countryside. For them, what on the surface which can often incorrectly be characterized as an idyllic existence was in fact a way of life marred by problems caused by social upheavals. The present composition depicts the life of the simple peasants, showing the country bride and wedding party. In such a scene one might expect to see joyful celebration, but instead there is a palpable aura of sadness, as Moudarres reveals something of his feelings about suffering and helplessness of these women in the rural areas.