When I look at a painting by Shahda, I feel the total control of a master painter and the incredible intensity he manages to produce. The power of his art makes me think of other great painters, whose works can go as far as absorbing the visitor. Think of the extraordinary van Gogh dream scene accompanied by Frédéric Chopin's music in Akira Kurosawa's magnificent movie "Dreams" (Yume)!
His portraits have the grandeur and augustness of works by Rubens, Van Dyck, Hals, Rembrandt, Tiziano, Tintoretto, El Greco, Velázquez or Goya. Their intensity also relates to van Gogh and Schiele, and has links with Munch, Bonnard, Soutine, Giacometti, Bacon and Mušič too.
His landscapes have a common spirit with those painted by Soutine, Cézanne and van Gogh.
His still lifes are the quintessence of this type of work, illustrated by many Dutch painters and French artists such as Chardin, Fantin-Latour, or impressionists and post-impressionists like Manet, van Gogh, Cézanne, Derain, Vlaminck and Soutine again.
Shahda is a true painter, in control of form and substance ; he puts his entire heart and soul in his works. Some of his paintings are quite accessible, others are more demanding. In these days where too many people - including museum and art gellery directors - mistake painting for geometry, monochromatism or use of primary colours, Ibrahim Shahda stands up, with a few others, like Zoran Mušič, to show what art really is.
The paintings displayed on this page include works by:
André Derain, Alberto Giacometti, Amedeo Modigliani, Antoon Van Dyck, Carel Fabritius, Chaïm Soutine, Diego Velázquez, Émile Bernard, Édouard Manet, Edvard Munch, Egon Schiele, Édouard Vuillard, El Greco, Francis Bacon, Francisco Goya, Frans Hals, Georges de La Tour, Gustav Klimt, Georges Rouault, Honoré Daumier, Henri Fantin-Latour, Henri Matisse, Jacob Jordaens, Tintoretto, Johannes Vermeer, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Jean Baptiste Siméon Chardin, Bassano, Lorenzo Lotto, Max Beckmann, Maurice de Vlaminck, Nicolas Poussin, Oskar Kokoschka, Pierre Bonnard, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt, Tiziano, Vincent van Gogh & Zoran Mušič.