In the last couple of weeks, I took part in a course on “Art Appreciation” by monsieur César Nammour of Vecto Verso (here). He is a top Lebanese art critic and created, together with his beautiful German friend Gabi, this art book shop located at Rue Monot in Ashrafieh, where they also organize a monthly book market. He taught us a lot about how to evaluate a work of art, especially contemporary and modern. Do you know the alphabet of art already? Its most important elements are the lines, the space and the color used! Look at the colors in the contemporary painting above. The painter even respected the 2/3-1/3 rule! This piece is to be found in my personal museum. And the painter is the greatest Lebanese artist ever: My 4-year old nephew RANI. Monsieur César, make a note of this name!!
This is not a Valentine post – but one about LOVE. A love that must have been so passionate that HE, the French crusader Prince Hugh de Saint Omer, had to engrave his feelings for HER, his Lebanese beauty from Tibnine, into the rocks outside his fortress. He built the castle in 1105, and it was changed many times during the following centuries (read here*). But his love for her, Elissa, remained eternal. Is there aaaanything more romantic than this heart? It reveals itself to you only from a certain angle. That’s why I’m not sure if anybody has noticed it yet. I’m not sure about this love story neither – but it seems so obvious to my passionate soul!