Kahlil Gibran (Lebanese, Bsharri 1883–1931 New York)
Graphite and watercolor on paper
3 5/8 x 3 1/2 in. (9.2 x 8.9 cm)
Gift of Mary H. Minis, 1932
Not on view
Artist, poet, novelist, and philosopher, Gibran Khalil Gibran emigrated from Lebanon to the United States in 1895. In 1904, he had his first exhibit in Boston and by 1908 he was attending the Académie Julian in Paris, where he exhibited his work in the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts. During that time, he also studied with the sculptor Auguste Rodin. In 1912, Gibran settled in New York, where he would remain until his death. His drawings and paintings are mystical, with lyrical movements of ethereal figures or portraits that enter a landscape like apparitions. His work often explores the symbols and elements of nature, time, and space while pushing the boundaries between physicality and spirituality. Gibran is best known for his writings, specifically The Prophet, which has been translated into more than twenty languages.
Inscription: Signed (lower right): KG
the artist, New York (1923–d. 1931; his bequest to Minis); Mary H. Minis, Savannah, Ga. (1931–32; her gift to MMA)
New York. the artist's studio, West 10th Street. "Kahlil Gibran," January 21–February 7, 1932, no catalogue.
Kahlil Gibran. Jesus the Son of Man. New York, 1928, ill. opp. p. 74.
Jean Gibran and Kahlil Gibran. Kahlil Gibran: His Life and World. Boston, 1974, pp. 362, 412.
Tania Sammons inKhalil Gibran: Artiste et visionnaire. Exh. cat., Institut du Monde Arabe. [Paris], 1998, pp. 58, 203.