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Abdallah Benanteur

Born in: 1931

Algeria

Biography
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“ Born in 1931 in Mostaghanem, Abdallah Benanteur was brought up in an Algerian family and cultural environment, specifically enthralled by writing and illuminated manuscripts, by mystic Muslim poetry, by Andalusian music and songs. In 1953, he settled down in Paris, which he transformed into his own capital of life, creation and international outreach. He was influenced by the great masters of the museums in France and Europe, yet he managed to create his own personal œuvre, producing lyrical landscapes infused with the light of his Mediterranean homeland and that of his adopted Brittany, as well as landscapes that are sometimes abstract or dotted with silhouettes of people walking.” (Claude Lemand) “ Among the contemporary painters of the Maghreb, Abdallah Benanteur occupies a singular and exemplary place from an international point of view, through his legitimate and radical refusal of any form of academism, be it figurative, abstract, or post-modern, as well as any folkloric arrangements which would betray the authentic Arabic-Islamic tradition, which invariably ends up, notwithstanding its manner or know-how, within a reductive and normalising impoverishment of genuine popular creativity.” (Raoul-Jean Moulin)
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