Entitled Drawings of Gibran: A Humane Perspective, the exhibition will provide a rare opportunity for visitors to see original artworks by one of the most celebrated artists and literary figures of the 20th Century.
Organized in collaboration with the Gibran National Committee (GNC) in Lebanon, the exhibition, which is free to enter, will run from October 7th until December 10th.
Visitors will get to see some 30 works and manuscripts that make use of different mediums including watercolour, oils, and charcoal on paper and canvas. It will be the largest collection of Gibran’s work ever to go on display in the UAE.
The works on display include his 1916 watercolour, Face of a Veiled Woman, a charcoal self-portrait from 1908 and an oil painting from 1910 called The Sad Mona Lisa.
Gibran is hailed as a literary hero in his native Lebanon. Born in 1883 in the town of Bsharri, he emigrated to the US with his family at the age of 12. On his death in 1931, he left behind a vast collection of paintings and literary works that reflect his ideologies of love, politics, and spirituality.
His philosophies were mainly delivered through his essays and poems, both in Arabic and English. Gibran’s most internationally known and celebrated work is The Prophet, a set of poetic essays originally written in English about different life philosophies.