Memories of SHAHDA

Ibrahim Shahda

Angelika, who lives in Germany, contacted me about Shahda and kindly agreed to share some memories:
when she was a child, in the late 50s she travelled with her parents, Inge & Hellmut, and stayed several months in Provence, in southern France. Both her parents were artists: writers, they also worked as translators, theatre play critics and for radio cultural programmes. Angelika remembers her family thought of Shahda as a very nice, sensitive and interesting person and that the time was really inspiring.

In his correspondence with Angelika's family, it is no surprise that Shadha wrote in a very humble tone about his fear of not succeeding, about his first achievements since his arrival in France and then his increasing success: he appeared amazed that museums had already bought some of his paintings but was so happy as the prizes would help him. He appeared even more humble about Paris, the number and quality of painters there, but wrote that he would stay and work very hard and that God and the friendships he had formed would help him. He naturally also shared his impressions of Paris life, Montmartre, other artists...

Ibrahim Shahda

Ibrahim Shahda                    Shahda & Angelika's family                    Ibrahim Shahda

Angelika was kind enough to provide copies of family photos with or of Shahda, as well as the invitation to his first exhibition in France in 1958, and the text written by Paul Surtel, an older fellow painter, who immediately understood and admired the man and his art.

Shahda exhibition                    Shahda exhibition

Paul Surtel text on Shahda

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