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Known for painting realistic nudes in tribute to the female form, Mouna Rebeiz's latest series is more abstract. "La Voie de l'Opera," shown at Paris' Pierre Alain Challier gallery in February, renders 19 great works of opera on canvas. All Rebeiz's nudes have black backgrounds with vague shapes blended in to break up the gloom. Mindful of Assaf's suggestion to move from figuration to abstraction, Rebeiz found herself experimenting and creating the first painting in the series.Rebeiz's creative process for "La Voie de l'Opera" was meticulous. After finding an opera she liked, she would create the entire painting in less than 24 hours."La Voie de l'Opera" has been a learning experience for Rebeiz, who has been able to relate in many ways to the different operas and paintings.The opera paintings, she said, "are all different facets of me. The Tarboush series was exhibited in London's Saatchi Gallery in 2015 . She described the series as a project combining the nude female form with that of the fez (a hat designed for men), to show the contradiction between femininity and patriarchal authority.
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