Jamil Molaeb (b. 1948)



Medium: Oil on canvas

Size: 120 x 100 cm (unframed)

Signed on the front lower right "MOLAEB".


Private Collection, Lebanon. Acquired by the present owner from Mazen Soueid Collection. Previously acquired directly from the artist.


Beirut, Lebanon

Price realised €11,590

Estimate €6,000 - €8,000


Jamil Molaeb is a Lebanese artist born in Baissour Lebanon in 1948. A student of Shafic Abboud, Paul Guiragossian and Nadia Saikali, he graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from the Institute of Fine Arts of the Lebanese University . Receiving a scholarship from the Algerian government, he continued his training at L’École Nationale des Beaux-Arts, in Algeria, from 1972 to 1973. He then went on to study in the United States, obtaining in 1987 a MA in fine arts from the Pratt Institute in New York and in 1989, a doctorate in Art education from Ohio State University. He returned to Beirut that same year, and became  a professor at the Lebanese University and the Lebanese American University in Beirut. 

Molaeb’s art is centered around folklore and eastern art philosophies that place more importance on spiritualism in art than on realism. His portraits and figurative artworks are influenced by Coptic Egyptian iconography. Molaeb often depicts folkloric scenes of labor and village communities. His abstract paintings consist of bright color fields and geometric compositions often relaying the essence of a landscape. During a certain period, the artist’s work was influenced by symbolism and ancient Middle Eastern alphabets took center-stage in his paintings. White color always plays a crucial role in his works, representing notions of boundless space and divine light. 

Molaeb has had solo exhibitions in Lebanon, Algeria, France, Switzerland and the United States. His work has been showcased in international museums such as the Gropius Bau Museum in Berlin. His paintings were acquired by public and private collections including the World Bank in Washington D.C. and the Institute de Monde Arabe in Paris. In 2015, he built the “Jamil Molaeb Museum” in Baissour, his hometown and still lives in the Chouf region in Lebanon. 

This work by Jamil Molaeb is a classic example of his abstract landscapes. The artist’s color palette mainly focused on shades of blue, including streaks of reds and greens placed strategically around the edges of the canvas. These shapes are diametrically opposed, with a slight shift in their axis, which creates the illusion of a circular motion. The different shades of blue organically surround other objects like a body of water, suggesting a seascape. This piece is a beautiful representation of Molaeb’s mastery of colors and the way he expresses spiritual energy in his art. 

Conditions of sales

The works of art which are subject to artist resale royalty rights ('droit de suite') are marked with an * in the description of the work of art. The amount of the royalties is calculated using a sliding scale of percentages of the Hammer Price.

Lots featured on Ans Azura’s platform may be subject to export regulations in the country where they are located and import regulations in the country where they will be shipped to. The location of each Lot is marked in its description.You are responsible for ensuring that you understand and comply with all relevant laws or regulations applicable in relation to the export or import of any Lot that you intend to purchase.

By registering to bid in auctions and by bidding on the Ans Azura platform you agree to the Bidder’s and Buyer’s Terms and Conditions which you may consult here. Please read these Terms and Conditions carefully. By bidding you accept personal liability to pay the Purchase Price consisting of the Hammer Price and the Buyer’s Premium plus the applicable Buyer's Expenses. Please note that the Total Cost Calculator will display the amount including the estimated Buyer’s Premium, exclusive of related artist resale royalties and any shipping expenses and all duties, taxes, VAT, and/or custom processing fees payable by the Buyer.



Join Our Newsletter

Get notified of upcoming auctions and works of interest.


In order to place bids you have to fill in your Account Information with the mandatory Auction Settings.
Go to Auction Settings

Your bid was successfully received.