Critic Jabra I. Jabra talks about Iraqi Artist Ismail AL- CHEKHLI


Women’s Picnic around a shrine / Oil on Board / 1993
"Ismail AL- CHEKHLI was one of the pioneer artists who worked hard since the early forties to establish an Iraqi school of Modern art.
He was driven by a spontancous love for nature, In his paintings one can feel his nostalgia for the playfields of childhood and the collective visits of women to holy places and their communal picnics to the open fields"
Critic Jabra I. Jabra