Ibrahim Shahda, who was born in Egypt but decided to live and work in France, is one of these major artists who has not yet the general recognition his work deserves.
I see mainly 2 reasons for this: he painted portraits, still lifes and landscapes in a time where abstract art ruled ; and he always refused concessions if he believed his art would suffer from them.
As in the 2009 exhibition which took place in Paris, the current exhibition focuses on portraits and self-portraits.
Naturally Shahda painted many different models, and among them his wife, Anita, and various friends, but like van Gogh he observed himself and painted numerous self-portraits.
Below are some of the paintings on display: