Nazem Al Jaafari (Syria, b. 1918) From Jabal Al-Arab
oil on canvas, signed and dated 4-1957 in Arabic lower left, inscribed in Arabic on the reverse, framed 142 x 102 cm.
Published: Dr. Ghazi Al Khalidi, Nazem Al Jaafari: the founding pioneer, Damascus 2006, p. 273.
Nazem Al Jaafari was one of the pioneer impressionists of Syrian painting. Impressionism remained the most popular style in Syria both before and after the Second World War. Al Jaafari was a recluse and seldom sold any of his work because he was hoping the state would build a museum devoted to him. The painting depicts his sister Malak, who was his muse and model, wearing a Bedouin dress.