FATIMA EL-HAJJ . GARDENS .
From 31 August to 26 September 2015 - Galerie Claude Lemand
El-Hajj, Musicien et Chat.
Musicien et Chat, 2013. Acrylic and oil on canvas, 75 x 90 cm. Donation Claude & France Lemand. Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © Fatima El-Hajj. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.
El-Hajj, Ambiance automnale.
Ambiance automnale, 2013. Acrylic and oil on canvas, 100 x 120 cm. Donation Claude & France Lemand. Musée, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © Fatima El-Hajj. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.
Fatima El-Hajj, La Lecture.
La Lecture, 2013. Acrylic and oil on canvas, 114 x 146 cm. Donation Claude & France Lemand. Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © Fatima El-Hajj. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.
FATIMA EL-HAJJ . MY GARDENS .
Fatima El-Hajj’s landscapes are inspired by the gardens and parks of the many cities she enjoyed and observed whilst travelling across Lebanon, Yemen, Morocco and France. Her palette and her memory preserve the liveliness of the shapes, colours and light from these places and their inhabitants. More often, her paintings are a reflection of her own garden which she had laid out in front of her studio in Rmaileh, similar to how Claude Monet created his garden in Giverny and made it the main subject matter for his paintings during the last thirty years of his life. Yet Fatima El-Hajj’s garden is much more modest and different by nature than that of the Impressionist master. She endlessly paints the countless facets of her interior garden filled with silence and beauty, a woman lost in her reading or contemplation, a couple enraptured by the music or small groups of people attending the village’s or city’s fairs. She likes to suggest that her paintings are an invitation for the viewer to seek for his own interior garden, a paradise which is within us and brings us serenity, beauty and enchantment. Fatima El-Hajj does not conceal her admiration for the painters Edouard Vuillard, Henri Matisse, and especially Pierre Bonnard, as well as the Lebanese and Parisian artist Shafic Abboud, who had been her teacher and whom she admired and respected. Fatima El-Hajj is a follower of this school of painting and she is very grateful to all these great masters who helped her find her own path.