Tahia Halim


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.

She took two years out of high school to study French, piano, and painting with the painters Youssef Traboulsi and the great artist Gerom, and then with the artist Hamed Abdullah at his studio in 1943. Her artwork was divided into three periods: the first was composed from 1941 to 1951; the second was a more confident and original art called Folkloric impressionism; and the third 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 Encouragement prize in 1968.Her paintings are in the Guggenheim in New York, the Modern Art Museum of Egyptian Art in Cairo, and in Stockholm.

Tahia 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.


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Ink on paper

25 x 30 CM

9.8 x 11.8 Inch

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21 x 23 CM

8.3 x 9.1 Inch


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