Beirut- Wajih Nahle, a painter and artist, always stood with a smile on his face, waiting for people’s curious question on his works. He spent his life painting, drawing around 10,000 paintings in 60 years.
Mourning the great artist, Lebanese Culture Minister Ghattas Khouri said: “With the death of the artist Wajih Nahle, the Lebanese art scene has lost one of its most eminent artists, who played a remarkable role in promoting visual arts in the country.”
“Nahle’s paintbrush led to great achievements, opened new perspectives, and brought Nahle an international reputation, which has attracted people from Lebanon and the world to admire his works,” he added.
The Syndicate of Professional Artists in Lebanon also mourned Nahle and considered him one of its most prominent members in the painting field, and an exceptional seeker of excellence and uniqueness.
Nahle was born in 1932 and bagged many awards and honors including: the Ministry of Education’s award in 1965, the Sursock Museum Award, the Biennale Alexandria Award, the Arab Biennale Award in Kuwait, the Grand Palais Award in Paris, The Metropo Lebanon Museum Award in New York, the Lebanese Order of Merit for Artists, the Arab World Institute in Paris Award, Award of Modern Art Museum in Tunisia, the Golden Palm Medal from Belgium, and the Supreme Award in the 66th Visual Art Exhibition in Paris.