Cesar Gemayel

Lebanese impressions, spontaneous expressions

Recognized as one of the most prominent impressionism artists in Lebanon, Cesar Gemayel also contributed to founding academism.

Born in Ain al Touffaha-Matn in 1898, Gemayel studied arts at Khalil Saleeby’s atelier in Beirut in 1920 and pursued his art education at the Julian Academy in Paris between 1927 to 1930.

From 1930 until 1957, Gemayel exhibited his works in many exhibitions held in Paris, New York, and Beirut. Moreover, he contributed to founding the Association of Artists and Sculptors, and he was elected its president in 1957. Following Gemayel’s death, the association was renamed as the Lebanese Artists Association- Painters and Sculptors.

In 1931, Gemayel became a lecturer at Sagesse School. In 1943, he and Alexy Boutros took part in founding the Department of Art and Architecture at L’Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA), i.e. the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts.

Furthermore, he collaborated with Rushdi Maalouf and published a series entitled Art Masters, among the latter’s publications figured a book on the life and works of Eugene Delacroix.