Fine Arts Publishing
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Art Books . . . A Museum in Your Home

Fine Arts Publishing is specialized in producing books about the plastic arts in Lebanon. Its collection has become a reference library, both visual and literary about contemporary art. Its founder, the art historian, Cesar Nammour, wrote about the history of painting and sculpture in Lebanon and highlights some of
its most prominent artists. For further information and interest in purchasing our books please contact us by e-mail: info@rectoversolibrary.com

Cedrus Libani – The Cedar of Lebanon by Gabriela Schaub
A book about the cedar of Lebanon rich in beautiful photos and its mentions in literature, botany, art and symbols and a scenic overview of the cedar forests in Lebanon today. 144 pages with 140 images, English, ISBN 978 9953 555 10 2
$ 25

Cedrus Libani – Die Zeder des Libanons by Gabriela Schaub
A book about the cedar of Lebanon rich in beautiful photos and its mentions in literature, botany, art and symbols and a scenic overview of the cedar forests in Lebanon today. 144 pages with 140 images, German, ISBN 978 9953 555 09 6
$ 25
Resonances - 82 Lebanese Artists Reviewed by Helen Khal
Edited by Cesar Nammour and Gabriela Schaub
Eighty four inspiring articles written by the art critic and painter Helen Khal in The Daily Star newspaper between 1968 and 2001 on Lebanese artists are reprinted in book form. The color illustrations of art works and the curriculum vitae of the artists, in addition to the articles, present a valuable reference art book, in English, 352 pages, 32 x 23 cm, 2011, ISBN 978-9953-555-04-1, $ 80
Gisele Rohayem by Cesar Nammour
Abstract expressionist painter, works exclusively in oil in harmoniously balanced compositions of dynamic and static elements, in french and arabic, 160 pages, 32 x 23 cm, 140 four-color plates, hard cover with soft jacket, 2011,
ISBN 978-9953-555-07-2, $ 30.


Mazen Rifai, Baakbeck 1981-2011
Rifai studied interior design at the Lebanese University where he taught for many years. Started as a watercolorist and moved later to oil painting, in French and Arabic, 160 pages, 32 x 23 cm, 140 four-color plates, hard cover with soft jacket, 2011,
ISBN 78-9953-555-06-5, $ 30.

Khalil Mufarrij by Cesar Nammour
Khalil Mufarij is an autodidact painter. His drawings are both, descriptive and suggestive, his acrylic paintings are expressive and spontaneous creations. The eternal dynamism of his paintings is revealed in the viscosity, speed and impact of lying paint on canvas, in English, 168 pages, 32 x 23 cm, 2010, ISBN 978-9953-555-05-8, $ 30.
Samia Osseiran Junblat by Cesar Nammour
With formal art education in places as different as Florence and Tokyo, she has moved from print making to oil painting with emphasis on linear drawing and later expressionistic brush stroke of vivid colors, in English, 168 pages, 32 x 23 cm, 2010, ISBN 978-9953-555-03-4, $ 30.
Sea by Jamil Molaeb
The visual personal encounter of the mountain artist, known for depicting village life in Lebanon, with the beauty of the calm blue sea caped by the clear blue sky, the swimmers, the fishermen, the shores of the coastal cities that he visited, and above all his “mermaids”, in English and Arabic, 170 pages, 32 x 23 cm, 2009, ISBN 78-9953-0-1391-6, $ 30.
Mountain by Jamil Molaeb, introduction by Adonis
The prolific painter known for his depiction of village life in Lebanon, paints various aspects of its daily life, its social environment and entrenched traditions. His work reaches universality through the specificity of his own village, in English and Arabic, 170 pages, 32 x 23 cm, 2009, ISBN 78-9953-0-1390-9, $ 30.
Lotti Adaimi by Cesar Nammour
Coming from the Occident, Lotti Adaimi found herself in an oriental visual language all of her own. It is humanized decorative art full of dynamism and intellectual contemplation. She synthesizes the traditional artistic elements of Islamic geometric and curvilinear patterns with a captivating modern flair, in English, 170 pages, 32 x 23 cm, 2008, ISBN 978-9953-0-1029-8, $ 30.
Gebran Tarazi by Gebran Tarazi
The book presents twelve chains of geometric variations on the theme Kayem-Nayem (vertical-horizontal). The product of fifteen years of visual research realized in all the complications of the subject on wood, metal, carton and canvas, uncovering the modernity of Arabesque, in Arabic and French, 200 pages, 29 x 22 cm, 2007, ISBN 9953-0-1028-1, $ 30.
Chawky Frenn – Art for Life’s Sake by Chawky Frenn, Cesar Nammour and others
Chawky Frenn was born in Lebanon and moved in 1981 to the USA where he received his BFA and MFA. Taught in several colleges and universities, received many awards for his art and exhibited extensively in the USA and Europe, in English and French, 174 pages, 29 x 22 cm, 2005, ISBN 9953-0-0484-6, $ 30.

Norikian by Cesar Nammour
Born in Lebanon, Krikor Norikian studied art at the Italian Institute and Guvder Art School in Beirut, at Pietro Vanucci Academy in Peruggia, Italy, and Ecole Superieure des Arts in Paris. Held numerous exhibitions in Lebanon, France, USA and Canada. He works mainly in engravings, water colors and oil, in English, 160 pages, 29 x 22 cm, 2007,
ISBN 9953-0-0879-5, $ 30.
Samia Halaby by Samia Halaby, Introduction by Inea Bushnaq
Born in Palestine, Halaby emigrated at the age of fourteen to USA where she studied and taught art, ten years at Yale University. Recognized as an abstract artist of distinction, her works have been acquired by museums in the States and internationally. Created a computer program where abstract images are performed with musicians, in Arabic and English, 148 pages, 29 x 22 cm, 2007, ISBN 9953-0-0878-7, $ 30.
My Village by Jamil Molaeb
A colorful visual essay of a mountain village in Lebanon through 200 oil pastel paintings, beautifully executed, depicting all aspects of life; family, domestic toils and field work, market place and the vendors, crafts and industries, celebrations, habits and traditions, in Arabic and English, 176 pages, 29 x 22 cm, 2006, ISBN 9953-0-0756-x, $ 30.
Jamil Molaeb – Self Portrait by Jamil Molaeb,
Jamil Molaeb was born in Lebanon, studied art at the Lebanese University, Pratt Institute New York, and at Ohio State University. Taught art in many universities, held more than twenty-two individual exhibitions and more than fifty participations in exhibitions and sculpture symposia, in Arabic and English, 176 pages, 29 x 22 cm, 2006, ISBN 9953-0-0755-1, $ 30.
Halim Jurdak – Self Portait by Halim Jurdak
Memories of the artist’s youth and an exposé of his various exhibitions. Halim Jurdak studied at ALBA, Beirut, then in Paris. He was honored by the Balmand University, the Lebanese University and the Cultural Movement in Antelias. In Arabic and English, 152 pages, 29 x 22 cm, 2004, ISBN 9953-0-0327-0, $ 30.
Helen Khal by Cesar Nammour
Recognized as one of Lebanon’s leading artists and art critics, Helen Khal has published numerous articles on contemporary Lebanese and Arab art, and is the author of The Woman Artist in Lebanon, in English, 136 pages, 29 x 22 cm, 2004, ISBN 9953-0-0326-2, $ 30.
In Front of Painting by Cesar Nammour
A survey of the history of painting in Lebanon presented in a factual well documented manner. A panorama of the artistic life in Lebanon and evaluation of many past and contemporary artists in Lebanon, in Arabic, 188 pages, 28 x 21 cm, 2003, ISBN 99-0-0241-x, $ 30.
Alfred Basbous -Between Realism and Abstraction by Cesar Nammour
Contrasting realism and abstraction in art in its different aspects through the manner that Alfred Basbous dealt with the nude in his sculpture, in Arabic, 128 pages, 29 x 22 cm, 2004, ISBN 9953-0-0328-9, $ 30.
Joseph Basbous – Sculpture by Cesar Nammour
Carving stone came to him naturally with a phenomenal capacity and sensitivity. He was instrumental in making his village, Rachana, a Mecca for sculpture lovers, won many prizes and was decorated by the President of the Republic, in English, 120 pages, 29 x 22 cm, 2001, $ 30.
Sculpture in Lebanon, by Cesar Nammour
Covering almost a century of sculpture in Lebanon, it includes a general survey of the field, evaluation of works and a chronology of the development of sculpture in Lebanon, in Arabic, 216 pages, 28 x 21 cm, 1990, $ 30.