(1925 – 2021), Lebanon

Etel Adnan Artworks

Landscape is an important marker in Adnan's work, intrinsically linked to her travels and homes in different parts of the world. The earth, sea, light and shadows of Beirut, France, California are refined and distilled down into geometric shapes. Shaped loosely with a palette knife on intimate canvases, her paintings create vibrant fields of colour that emanate both an intense energy and a sense of tranquillity.

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While her prose is visceral, highly politicised and reflective of the chaotic, what Adnan's paintings reveal is her spiritual engagement with her environment, realising a much more sensory experience and honest, inherently personal appreciation for the world. As she stated in a 2012 article in The Paris Review, her works are purposefully sparse and portray a calming disposition. They are a reflection of '...the happiness to just be'.

However, perhaps it is this relationship between her writing and her art that gives the paintings their additional depth. By knowing of the confronting, brutal nature of her writing, one imbues Adnan's serene paintings with these stark realities. But they are not simply peaceful pictures of escapism; rather they highlight how Adnan sees beauty and love in a world full of turmoil.

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Tamalpaïs by Etel Adnan contemporary artwork painting
Etel Adnan Tamalpaïs, 1980s Watercolour on paper
26 x 36 cm
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Intrusion de la mémoire 4 by Etel Adnan contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Etel Adnan Intrusion de la mémoire 4, 2021 Oil on canvas
41 x 33 cm
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Erquy le hasard by Etel Adnan contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Etel Adnan Erquy le hasard, 2021 India ink on booklet
29 x 9 x 510 cm
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Intrusion de la mémoire 9 by Etel Adnan contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Etel Adnan Intrusion de la mémoire 9, 2021 Ink and oil on canvas
41 x 33 cm
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Découverte de l'immédiat 1 by Etel Adnan contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Etel Adnan Découverte de l'immédiat 1, 2021 Ink on canvas
41 x 33 cm
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Découverte de l'immédiat 34 by Etel Adnan contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Etel Adnan Découverte de l'immédiat 34, 2021 Oil on canvas
33 x 24 cm
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Montagne 3 by Etel Adnan contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Etel Adnan Montagne 3, 2019 Ink on paper
40 x 30.5 cm
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Marée Basse by Etel Adnan contemporary artwork textile
Etel Adnan Marée Basse, 1967–1973/2021 Wool tapestry
200 x 160 cm
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Horizon 2 by Etel Adnan contemporary artwork painting
Etel Adnan Horizon 2, 2020 Oil on canvas
33 x 41 cm
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Horizon 4 by Etel Adnan contemporary artwork painting
Etel Adnan Horizon 4, 2020 Oil on canvas
33 x 41 cm
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Horizon 5 by Etel Adnan contemporary artwork painting
Etel Adnan Horizon 5, 2020 Oil on canvas
33 x 41 cm
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Horizon 6 by Etel Adnan contemporary artwork painting
Etel Adnan Horizon 6, 2020 Oil on canvas
33 x 41 cm
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Horizon 8 by Etel Adnan contemporary artwork painting
Etel Adnan Horizon 8, 2020 Oil on canvas
33 x 41 cm
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Danse nocturne by Etel Adnan contemporary artwork textile
Etel Adnan Danse nocturne, 2019 Wool tapestry
175 x 255 cm
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Vignoble by Etel Adnan contemporary artwork textile
Etel Adnan Vignoble, 2018 Tapestry
150 x 185.1 cm
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Au matin by Etel Adnan contemporary artwork textile
Etel Adnan Au matin, 2017 Wool tapestry
143 x 200 cm
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Liberté by Etel Adnan contemporary artwork sculpture
Etel Adnan Liberté, 2017–2018 Wool tapestry
141 x 202 cm
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Matinée récréative by Etel Adnan contemporary artwork textile
Etel Adnan Matinée récréative, 1970/2015 Wool tapestry
185 x 165 cm
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Untitled by Etel Adnan contemporary artwork painting
Etel Adnan Untitled, 1998 Watercolour on paper
50 x 70 cm
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Untitled by Etel Adnan contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Etel Adnan Untitled, 2015 Ink on paper
57 x 77 cm
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Night 3 by Etel Adnan contemporary artwork painting
Etel Adnan Night 3, 2017 Watercolour on book
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Forêt II by Etel Adnan contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Etel Adnan Forêt II, 2015 Ink and watercolour on Japan paper
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Avril by Etel Adnan contemporary artwork textile
Etel Adnan Avril, 2017 Wool tapestry
144 x 200 cm
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Cactus II by Etel Adnan contemporary artwork works on paper
Etel Adnan Cactus II, 1989 Ink on paper
24 x 31.5 cm
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