Born in Al-Awardaniyah Lebanon, 1953, Fatima Al-Hajj is one of the most influential artists and teachers at the Lebanese University in Beirut. She is a female teacher who is loved by all pupils because she has proven to them that she really cares about their success in life and careers as young artists. She is one of the few artists who believes in the teachings of Gibran Khalil Gibran from his book The Prophet, ” You give a little when you give of your positions, it is when you give of yourself that you really give”. Fatima is an artist who will share her knowledge and experience with anyone. She studied art in the former Soviet Union.from 1981-1983 and she obtained her diploma in art from Paris. Even though she holds on to her great Arab cultural beliefs, Fatima has an open mind to the Western way of thinking. She is also an excellent authority in art and contributes to the “Al- Araby” magazine, published in Kuwait .
I like Fatima’s work for being a reflection of her personality. It is very colorful and full of life but also very unpredictable and full of surprises. The Farhat Art Museum is very pleased to have acquired two paintings, the first one was part of the Khaim collection and the second was from the artist’s private collection, titled, ” Al-Oud player in the Garden” It was a great addition to the Farhat Art Museum due to its Arabesque composition. This painting reminds you of Fayrouz singing ” Mowachahat Andalucia”.
Many believe that Fatima Al-Hajj is influenced by the artist, Marc Chagall or other French impressionists. But I will leave this concept to the artist to provide this impression on the viewer.