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message 1: by Heather (last edited Jul 10, 2018 07:24AM) (new)

Heather | 8545 comments I posted this biographical information in another thread in the Poetry folder, so this part is redundant, but I want to introduce some of his artwork, too.


Khalil Gibran was born Gibran Khalil Gibran on January 6, 1883, in Bsharri, Lebanon. He immigrated with his mother and siblings to Boston in 1895 - his father remained in Lebanon to address financial matters. Gibran would return to Lebanon three years later to continue his education but returned to America after illness took the life of one of his sisters. He met Mary Haskell who encouraged his artistic development. During his life, Gibran was a prolific artist who created hundreds of paintings and drawings.

In 1920, he was a co-founder, along with other poets of Arab and Lebanese backgrounds, of The Pen-bond Society, a literary society, also known as Al Rabitat al Qualamiya.

Gibran's works, written in both Arabic and English, are full of lyrical outpourings and express his deeply religious and mystical nature. The Prophet (1923), a book of poetic essays, achieved cult status among American youth for several generations.

In 1928, he published Jesus, the Son of Man. Gibran died in New York City on April 10, 1931."

message 2: by Heather (last edited Jul 10, 2018 07:31AM) (new)

Heather | 8545 comments "A little silly to point out - but Khalil Gibran is a legend worldwide when it comes to poetry. In the visual arts, his name hasn't made it as far. In comparison to how well-acquainted readers are with The Prophet, very few are familiar with a single one of his paintings.

This is up for debate, but Khalil Gibran was a talented painter, and has painted alongside some of the most acclaimed artists of his days, most notably alongside French sculptor Auguste Rodin."

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Heather | 8545 comments

Woman Discovering Nature

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Let Me Go

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Birth of a Tragedy

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The Beaten Being

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Two Crosses

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message 9: by Mark (new)

Mark André I sort of like these paintings, but I don't really agree with any of their titles. - )

message 10: by Heather (new)

Heather | 8545 comments I wondered about the titles, also. I wonder if they went according to Or accompanied by an essay or poem he wrote?

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Mark André I do not see the pictures as being nearly as morbid as their titles. - )

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Geoffrey Aronson (geaaronson) | 930 comments Very reminiscent of Bocklin`s work, inspiration to Georgio DiChirico.

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Heather | 8545 comments I see that inspiration to DiChiroco, Geoffrey. Thank you for pointing that out!

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