Edgar Chahine’s Works on Display in The Louvre

PARIS (Armenpress)–Fifty-two works by French-Armenian artist Edgar Chahine are on display at an exhibition in The Louvre dedicated to prominent French painters.

The bulk of Chahine’s works are from his Venetian series. According to Chahine’s son Pierre–who was on hand at the opening ceremony– Venetians admit that no other painter has felt the illumination of the city as strongly as Edgar Chahine. "My father used to spend long months in Venice and was very much fond of it. Had he not met my mother in Paris and married her he would have gone back to spend the rest of his life there,’ Chahine said.

Chahine was born in 1874 in Vienna–studied at a Venice-based Murat-Rafaelian College and then at an art academy in Paris. He was awarded prizes and medals by France–Italy and other countries–including the French Legion of Honor. He provided illustrations for famous writers’ books–including those of Anatole France and Gustave Flaubert. He donated 160 engravings to Armenia. The National Picture Gallery of Armenia contains a special hall with Chahine’s canvases. Jean Claude Kebabjian–head of a Paris-based Center for Armenian Diaspora Studies–said that the center plans to post 800 images of Chahine’s works of the Internet.

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