When I look at a painting by Shahda, I feel the total mastery of the painter, and the great intensity he manages to produce. The power of his art makes me think of other great painters, whose works often absorb the visitor: remember the extraordinary van Gogh episode on Frédéric Chopin's music in Akira Kurosawa's superb movie "Dreams"!
His portraits have the grandeur and augustness of works by Rubens, Van Dyck, Hals, Rembrandt, Tiziano, Tintoretto, El Greco, Velázquez or Goya. Their intensity also reminds me of van Gogh and Schiele, but the portraits relate to Bonnard, Soutine, Giacometti, Bacon and Music too.
His landscapes have a common spirit with those painted by Soutine, Cézanne and van Gogh.
His still lifes are the quintessence of this type of work, illustrated by many dutch painters, and french artists like Chardin, Fantin-Latour, or impressionists and post-impressionists like Manet, van Gogh, Cézanne, Derain, Vlaminck, and Soutine again.
Shahda is a true painter, controlling the form and the substance, and putting his soul in his works. Some of his paintings can be quite easily understood, some others are much more demanding. In these days where too many people - including museum directors - mistake painting for geometry and use of primary colours or monochromatism, Ibrahim Shahda stands up, with a few others, like Zoran Music, to show what art really is.
The paintings displayed on this page include works by:
André Derain, Alberto Giacometti, Amedeo Modigliani, Antoon Van Dyck, Carel Fabritius, Chaïm Soutine, Diego Velázquez, Émile Bernard, Édouard Manet, Edvard Munch, Egon Schiele, Édouard Vuillard, El Greco, Francis Bacon, Francisco Goya, Frans Hals, Georges de La Tour, Gustav Klimt, Georges Rouault, Honoré Daumier, Henri Fantin-Latour, Henri Matisse, Jacob Jordaens, Tintoretto, Johannes Vermeer, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Jean Baptiste Siméon Chardin, Bassano, Lorenzo Lotto, Max Beckmann, Maurice de Vlaminck, Nicolas Poussin, Oskar Kokoschka, Pierre Bonnard, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt, Tiziano, Vincent van Gogh & Zoran Music.