Daoud Corm :
 
   
 

1852: Born in Ghosta, Keserwan on the 26th of June.
1870: Traveled to Rome at the age of 16 to study the art of painting.
1878: Settled in Beirut and visited the neighboring countries, Syria, Egypt and Palestine.
1889: Participated in the Versailles Exhibition in France.
1900: Participated in the Paris Exhibition where he received the Prize of Honor of Excellence.
1930: Died on the 6th of June at the age of 78.

Was born in the village of Ghosta, Keserwan in 1852. Since his early years, he showed an inclination towards, drawing; doors, walls, and rocks served as papers. The story goes that the Jesuit fathers saw these drawings and admired their beauty. When they learnt that their author was no other than a boy of 10, their admiration grew manifold.
He then started to draw on canvas, and his works were met with great success, something that led him to travel to Rome in order to pursue his studies in the art of painting. It was the year 1870 and Daoud was only sixteen years old.
In Rome, Daoud entered the Royal Academy of Fine Arts run, at that time, by Professor Bompiani, the painter of the royal court.
In Italy, Daoud regularly visited the most famous museums and painting schools, such as the Saint Lucas School and the Luigi Atelier. He soon became famous and gained the benediction of his Holiness, the Pope Pius IX. He asked the pope to allow him to paint him for the sake of sending the portrait back home to his parents in Beirut, but the latter refused. When Daoud returned to his studio, he painted the portrait and though he did it by heart, it came out to be an exact reproduction of the Pope's traits. The pope was astonished and bestowed upon Daoud the honor of painting him face to face. The portrait turned out to be a real success.
Daoud moved to Belgium where he was appointed the painter of the Royal Family of Belgium at the time of Leopold II.
From Belgium, Daoud came back to his homeland, Beirut, and he constantly traveled to Syria, Palestine, Egypt, Iraq and Turkey to paint the eminent figures and governors there and in a great of churches.
In 1887, Daoud went to Alexandria and painted the portraits of the leading governors in there, such as Mukhtar Pasha the Conqueror, the accredited Ottoman commissioner in Egypt, the Emir Hassan Pasha, the Khedive Tufic I, and also those of some emirs and members of the nobility. In 1894, the Khedive Abbas II invited him to travel to Egypt in order to paint his portrait, one of Daoud's most perfect masterpieces. He also made a portrait of the famous Marquis of Reverseaux, French ambassador to Egypt.
In 1889, he went to France to take part in the Versailles Exhibition. Eleven years afterwards, he participated as well in the International Paris Exhibition in which he received the prize of honor of excellence. He also received many awards and medals from many countries, among which the Cavalier Medal of Saint Gregory, The Ottoman Medal of Glory from the first degree, The Egyptian Legion, and the Lebanese Order of Merit.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Daoud founded a modern library in Lebanon, the "Liban Papeterie aux Cèdres". He used to sell painting and drawing materials such as canvas, frames, pastel, and Charcoal.
Daoud Corm is to be considered the pioneer of the art of painting in Lebanon, for he was the first one to teach its rules and techniques, thus rendering it a science and a style and no longer the sheer innate talent it used to be. Many are those who were inspired by his art, such as his son, George, who studied under the guidance of his father, became a famous painter himself, and received many medals. Jibran Khalil Jibran is another one of his students. At the age of 15, he was taught by Daoud the art of portrait painting before pursuing his studies in Paris and Boston.
Among his other students is Khalil Saleeby and Habib Srour (According to his son in his book entitled "The Inspired Moutain", the Lebanese painter, who in his turn, transmitted his art to both Mustafa Farroukh and Kaissar El-Gemayel.
At the age of 78, Daoud Corm executed one of his most important masterpieces, the painting of Saints Sarkis and Bakhos mounting their horses. The length of his painting exceeded 6 cubits and he was unable to go up on the ladder to reach the top. He thus turned it upside down and completed it. That was a short time before his death.
This painting represents the end of Daoud's artistic mission before finally surrendering to death on June 6th, 1930.

 
   
   
       
 
             

1870
Oil on canvas
65x94 cm

1917
Oil on canvas
80X100 cm

1879
Oil on canvas
80x125 cm

1888
Oil on canvas
95x120 cm

             
             
             
1884
Oil on canvas
112 x150 cm
 
1887
Oil on canvas
300x500 cm
 
1888
Oil on canvas
110x140 cm
 
1884
Oil on canvas
145X210 cm
             
             
 
 
 
             

1901
Oil on canvas
200x300 cm

 
1905
50x50 cm
 
1878
Oil on canvas
100x150 cm
 
Oil on canvas
55x65 cm
   
 
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