The art world mourns the passing of Yvette Achkar, a Lebanese painter who marked the international artistic landscape with her unique approach to abstraction.

Yvette Achkar, an internationally renowned Lebanese painter, passed away on May 12, 2024, at the age of 96. Born in Sao Paulo in 1928, Achkar turned to visual arts after being rejected by the Lebanese National Conservatory due to the size of her hands. This setback marked a turning point in her career, steering her towards abstract art.

Trained at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA) under the direction of Fernando Manetti, and later in Paris on a French government scholarship, Achkar developed a personal style characterized by bold colors, dynamic brushstrokes, and an exploration of emotional and spiritual themes. Her often enigmatic works reflect her belief that true art transcends literal interpretation.

As a teacher at ALBA and the National Institute of Fine Arts at the Lebanese University, Achkar trained many artists, imparting techniques and a philosophy of art based on freedom and depth. Her influence on the development of abstract art in Lebanon is significant, inspiring many artists who followed in her footsteps.

Achkar’s works, exhibited internationally and present in prestigious collections, testify to the recognition of her talent beyond Lebanese borders. Her approach to painting, characterized by a constant search for the essence beyond form, remains a testament to her artistic vision.

Yvette Achkar’s passing leaves a void in the art world, but her work continues to evoke interest and emotion. Her artistic legacy will endure, inspiring future generations of artists. Yvette Achkar will remain an important figure in abstract art, an artist whose work continues to captivate with its depth and humanity.

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