Jewad SELIM
Jewad SELIM
جواد سليم

Jewad Selim (1919–1961) (Arabic: جواد سليم‎) was an Iraqi painter and sculptor born in Ankara (Turkey) in 1919. He studied sculpture in Paris (1938-1939), Rome (1939-1940) and London (1946-1948). Having been influenced by Western artists such as Pablo Picasso and Henry Moore, Selim returned to Iraq and was appointed head of the Sculpture Department at the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad, a position he retained until his death in 1961. He also founded the Jama'et Baghdad lil Fen al-Hadith (The Baghdad Modern Art Group) with fellow artist Shakir Hassan Al Said, as well as the new Baghdad School of Modern Art.Selim is credited as being the most influential artist in Iraq's modern art movement.Selim is considered to be the founder of modern art in Iraq. 

He belonged to a family originally from Mosul. He was introduced to painting by his father, Haj Mohammad Selim, an officer in the Ottoman military who had been trained in landscape painting at the Military Academy in Istanbul. In 1938, Selim received a government scholarship to study in Paris. When Germany invaded France in 1939, he relocated to Rome, until he was finally forced to return back to Baghdad in 1940.

During the war, Selim worked at the Directorate of Antiquities, continuing to produce work that he showed at the many exhibitions held at that time in Baghdad. From 1946-1949 he studied sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Arts in London. Upon his return to Iraq, he began teaching at the Institute of Fine Arts. In 1951, he founded the Baghdad Modern Art Group.

He is especially known for his Nasb al-Hurriyah (Monument of Freedom), located in one of Baghdad's main squares. In this monument, the artist celebrated the Iraqi people and the 1958 Revolution, In 1959, he was asked by the Iraqi government to design a monument to commemorate the July revolution; he died of a heart attack in 1961 before construction of it was completed. The Monument of Freedom in Tahrir Square is regarded today as a national Iraqi landmark. however,

During the 1940s, Selim displayed his work at several group exhibitions sponsored by the Society of Iraqi Artists, which had formed in 1941 to provide a platform for the arts in wartime Baghdad. Throughout the 1950s, he participated in group exhibitions of the Baghdad Modern Art Group and the Society of Iraqi Artists, in addition to exhibiting his work in Beirut and Chicago. In 1968, a retrospective was held for him at the National Museum of Modern Art in Baghdad. His work is held in collections including Mathaf; Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; Museum of Modern Art, Baghdad; and Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman

Artworks

Books

الحرية في أعمال أوجين ديلاكروا وجواد سليم
لورنا - سنواتها مع جواد سليم
جواد سليم الفنان والآخرون
نصب الحرية لجواد سليم - ملحمة شعب وذاكرة حضارة
جواد سليم

Videos

وثائق فنية تشكيلة جواد سليم 2 Fine documents Jawad
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وثائق فنية تشكيلة جواد سليم 2 Fine documents Jawad

Articles

تأسيس الحداثة الفنية … جواد سليم