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LebanonPostcard presents the book: Lebanon through the Ages - In fifty three paintings by artist Victor Haddad (Liban à travers les âges - En cinquante trois tableaux).


In Three Languages: English, French and Arabic >see extracts<
Size: 31.5 x 24 x 1.5 cm, hard cover, 142 pages, weight 1.4kg, 2002
Information is taken from the Historian and Archaeologist Nina Jidejian, the book
"the Phoenicians" by Ildefonse Sarkis and from the book "Liban L'Autre Rive"

Read comments: Victor Haddad: Design, Space for Legends

With his brush and colors he related history and, between transparent lips, tales of Gods, stories of love and tragedies, legends and fairy tales.

Victor Haddad uses interior design to build a framework for his paintings, so he brought up again the space around symbols, and the visual touch around headlines having left their prints on Phoenician coasts, Murex purple, anemone, sacrifice, and Gods merging with humans to become part of their life and fate.

The legendary history appears inside the painting in its three dimensions, and is revealed to the eye as if in line with the present time, and stories from the past, from these books that are still relating the beginning of the human being, his evolution through time and geography.

In the style of a story-teller, Victor Haddad sketches spacious areas that can hold memory, generously wrapping details and engraving them as precious jewels in the core of a metal.

He endeavored for his favored air identifying colors to be a picture of this remote memory so he studied the history of his country, not from a political view point, but he embarked on an old Phoenician boat that took him to the very beginning so as to reflect about men who created, discovered and wove legends of Gods, until they became an image reflecting the course of man.

His painting is a mirror of time so crystal clear, that the post can be reflected in all its precise detail, celebratory atmosphere, and the tools used by ancients to shape their crafts and rituals. He distinguished each and every Phoenician city with a series of paintings relating its essence and characteristics: Tyre, Sidon, Byblos, Carthage, Tripoli, Afka, the Baalbeck and the Andalucia.

The framework of his paintings is in the words of arches, columns, horses, ships, and seas. Details of these paintings are rich in coins, shells, veils, the purple of the Murex, Greek, Roman and Phoenician writings.

Victor Haddad unfolds the pages of old history and feels at ease with his heritage rich in the glory of its stones, sarcophaguses and destiny woven on the loom of life, death and rebirth. Out of these metaphors he built his close and remote dimensions where memory travels among arches, on horseback, to discover the veiled and the invisible.

The men in his paintings are adventurers, explorers, inventors; The women are brides, clothed in brocaded dresses of purple and whispering the stories out of which the magnified legend sees the light, and reality is enlightened by its lamp, so as to appear a fragment of time.

As much as his paintings are spacious and large the story grows longer, more interesting and fascinating, and brings back to mind the memory of Elissa, Adonis, Cadmus, Ashtarouth, Zenobia and others.

May Menassa – Art Critic

...and In French:

Victor Haddad: le Liban à travers les âges

Avec sa palette de couleurs, il a raconté l'histoire et tissé, entre les couches de ses nuances transparentes, le parcours des divinités et les contes d'amour et de tragédies entrelacés de légendes et de récits populaires.

Victor Haddad a investi l'architecture pour construire un cadre à ses tableaux. Il a ainsi animé l'espace autour de symboles et crée la perception visuelle à travers des thèmes qui ont laissé leurs empreintes de pourpre, de coquelicots et de sacrifices sur les cotes phéniciennes. Les Dieux épousent le destin des hommes et s'unissent pour partager la même destinée. Les faits historiques et la légende interviennent dans la composition de la toile au niveau tridimensionnel pour engendrer une impression de continuité entre hier, aujourd'hui, et les contes révolus puisés dans les volumes anciens qui ne cessent de rappeler la genèse de l'humanité et sa progression historique et géographique.

Victor Haddad a emprunté son style aux conteurs, pour tracer des plages d'espoir aux dimensions de la mémoire, englobant tous les détails gravés comme les pierres précieuses au cœur du métal.

Dans ses coloris aux ondes estompées figure l'image de ces lointains souvenirs. En vue d'étudier l'histoire de son pays, il a embarqué à bord d'un vaisseau qui l'a mené aux sources, pour observer ces hommes qui ont découvert, exploré et tissé la légende des Dieux, qui devient le miroir reflétant le parcours des hommes. Ses tableaux sont le miroir limpide du temps où se reflète le passé pour reconstituer ses traits. Ainsi, l'ambiance des cérémonies et les outils utilisés par les ancêtres pour façonner leurs rites et leur alphabet sont restitués dans les détails les plus infimes.

Victor Haddad a consacré à chaque ville phénicienne une série de toiles qui décrivent son âme et ses particularités. Ainsi Tyr, Sidon, Byblos, Carthage, Tripoli, Beyrouth, Baalbeck et l'Andalousie forment un cortège pour reconstituer les traditions ancestrales chez les Arabes.

Victor Haddad a tourné les pages de l'histoire pour fréquenter le patrimoine grandiose aux épisodes riches en récits, tissés sur le métier de la vie, de la mort et de la résurrection. Avec ces passages, l'artiste a construit ses niveaux pour conduire la mémoire dans un voyage entre les arcades et percer le mystère de l'inconnu.

Ses tableaux sont peuplés d'aventuriers à la conquête des inventions, et de mariées aux costumes brodés de fil d'or. Les chuchotements imperceptibles créent la légende qui éclaire la réalité en opérant une osmose.

Le récit s'amplifie aux dimensions de la taille, palpitant, passionnant, il ramène dans son sillage le souvenir d'Elissa Adonis, Cadmos, Astarté, Europe, etc…

L’Orient-le Jour – Mardi 19 Mai 1998

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