Lebanese critic Nazih Khater dies at the age of 84

Khater dreamed of Beirut as an oasis for modern and avant-garde culture.

BEIRUT: Nazih Khater, a Lebanese art and literature critic, died Wednesday at the age of 84 after a long battle with illness.

He has been described as a lover of Lebanon’s capital, and he dreamed of Beirut as an oasis for modern and avant-garde culture. Khater studied in Paris, specializing in museum science and graduating with a doctorate from the Sorbonne University. He later co-founded the Beirut Theater and launched One Gallery with late Lebanese writer Youssef al-Khal.

Khater wrote thousands of art and literature reviews for Lebanese newspapers L’Orient Le Jour and An-Nahar. He was also an instructor of Fine Arts at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA) and one of the founders of the Institute of Fine Arts at the Lebanese University.

A close friend of the critic, Samir Mekkawi, told The Daily Star that Khater was an authority on beauty, whether in a painting or a play.

“He loved life and it loved him back,” Mekkawi said. “He [sometimes] showed anger, disappointment and fear, but he was never sad.”

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on April 18, 2014, on page 16.




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