Ismail Shammout (1930-2006)
The famous Palestinian artist was born on 2.3.1930 in the town of Lydda in Palestine. At the age of 18 he was among hundreds of thousands of Palestinians that witnessed the tragedy of being forced out of their homes and towns by Jewish forces in order to create Israel.
This dramatic experience was reflected in many of his paintings and influenced his entire career. His hopes and dreams to return one day to his beloved Palestine tied him to the struggle and fight of the Palestinians for their just cause; their own State.
He expressed his emotions, fears, sufferings, hopes and dreams, which are shared by all the Palestinian people, through his paintings.
Ismail Shammout died at the age of 76 after a heart surgery on the 3.7.2006.
His paintings are considered to be some of the most valuable art works in the Arabian world!