Saliba Douaihy
   
   
 
Churches
 
And the same year returned to North Lebanon, to the Qadisha, valley of the hermits. After drawing a first sketch of this famous valley, he spent the next four years standing on scaffoldings to decorate the walls and ceilings of the Diman Church, on a commission from the Maronite Patriarch Mar Antonios Arida.
 
He faced the same problem as the Florentine artists of the 15th century and had therefore to improvise everything required by the final enlarged version of the original sketch. His creative strength and his intelligence was constantly taxed as it had to exercise rigorous control over his imagination.
He was also forced to rid the scenery of all its "defects", so that it would fit harmoniously into the religious environment. What is remarkable is hew well he succeeded in overcoming all his difficulties. His powerful imagination was able to transfigure the colors of the Qadisha and to give them the celestial shades of a paradisiac dream.
 
 
       
He pushed ahead with his experimentation, since known as "Douaihy's style". After a first stage where he represented the free pow of light along geometric
perspectives, he new drams lines that either originate from a central point only to disappear in the immensity of the horizon, or fan out along the width of the picture and meet at a point on the horizon.

This is characterized by a pictorial flattening out, giving these paintings a two-dimensional quality, length and width. The colors are now ready to be spread between the lines and create an impression of depth, which is the secret of the sun, of the sea, of the earth. This "Douaihy style" today occupies a seat of honor in the biggest American art museums.
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
             
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  In 1950, he left Lebanon for the USA. There he brought to completion a thrilling experiment already begun in his homeland. Douaihy mho was fascinated, even bewitched by the sun, mas now determined to crack its secret: the magic of sunlight and of its warmth radiating in the atmosphere. He wanted to materialize this sunlight, this potent source of fertility. Besides the sun, he also confronted the sea. He tackled its blue color, all shades of blue, basic blue, deep blue, incandescent blue and wanted to perceive the secret and essence of "blueness".  
             
             
   
 
 
             
       
   
 
   
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