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TAHIA HALIM: (1919-2003). Tahia Halim was born in Cairo in 1919. Her primary education took place inside the Royal Palace where she was raised, as her father was the laureate of King Fouad. In high school she took two years off to learn French, piano and painting under the painters Youssef Traboulsi, the great artist Gerom, then under artist Hamed Abdullah at his studio in 1943.

She married Hamed Abdullah in 1945 and left for Paris to join Julian Academy (1949-1951). She returned to Egypt in 1951 and started exhibiting in solo shows, group exhibitions and international exhibitions such as the Biennial of Alexandria, Italy, Brazil, Sweden, England, France, Poland and finally in the USA in 1982. Her artwork was divided in 3 periods; from 1941 to 1951 was first a period of composition, from 1952 to 1962 she developed a more confident and original art which was named Folkloric impressionism and her third period was focused on Nubia, clearly demonstrating the influence of old Egyptian art.

In 1984, she started teaching painting in her Atelier in Cairo. Tahia Halim was awarded the Guggenheim prize in 1958 and the Government encouraging prize in 1968. Her paintings are in the Guggenheim in New York, the Modern Art Museum of Egytian Art in Cairo, and in Stockholm.
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