The Druze of Beirut abhor iconography but have a striking system of symbolizing metaphysical powers by diagrammatic arrangements of primary colours. Into that monotheistic community ninety-seven years ago was born Saloua Raouda (now after her marriage Saloua Choucair). She will be happy that the Tate Gallery (Modern section) has presently on display a retrospective exhibition of her paintings. Go along to see them before October the twentieth!
Considering the question of how Arabs understood pictorial Art, Choucair saw figuration as Art with blemishes, and was profoundly affected by the apprehension of vast and complex ideas behind Arab geometric work. As a record of meticulous skill, the show traces a search for perfection carried out over a lifetime.