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Upsurge for Independence

Upsurge for Independence, Cedar Revolution, National Resurgence

What great rejoicing, in heaven and on earth!

Against the splendour of an azure oriental sky, the standards, the banners and the flags, all green, white and red, bear the cedar, the national emblem, and waltz in the wind with splendid grace.

A vast human crowd of unprecedented number, covering the ground as far as eye can see, plunges us into deepest emotion – venerable grandsires, babies in arms, children and ardent youth, all ages, men and women, all children of the Lebanese fatherland.

We are in Beirut, on the very campus of the first School of Law in the world, where now the citizens demand application of the Law and respect for their rights.

Great crowds flow into this space like human rivers whose sources gush forth in every place in the land.

The tides of humanity can scarce be distinguished from those of the wide Mediterranean in front. The whole world regards us astounded. We have gone beyond our earth-bound frontiers to distant lands to reach hearts and to stir spirits and noble feeling. We take consciousness of all existence, inspired by our prayerful saints and the foundations of civilisation laid here six thousand years ago.

Martyr’s Square is a very hive in the wide world or rather a world within this hive, here where life seethes and overflows, to stir this whole region from its centuries-old sleep.

First steps of the painting...

Composition full of movement.

This is a composition full of movement, with legends and allegories complementing each other. A tide of humanity moves harmoniously together with a sweep of lines and colors. The flags affirm their presence with their calligraphy. One might say that two canvases, one superimposed on the other, complete each other by their transparency. Two religious symbols are to be seen one on the left and one in the right, a mosque and a church. Saifi Village, the picturesque center of Beirut, also has its festival. There is the port, the government Saraya, are various districts, the bridge and buildings stretching northward, towards the Lebanese crowned by Mount Sannine of the eternal snows.

The banners are lost in the distant horizons, shades of red, white, blue and grey dominating the whole. It is a real hymn of joy, of hope, and of love of country, an astounding revolution of the cedars. The oils flow in rich abundance, the inert matter transforming itself into something warm and alive and making of the work a poem and achievement of art.

There is a life which is revolutionary, contagious, epidemic, a human revolution of love, purity and innocence flowing over the frontiers. Just as our forebears spread the alphabet across the world, so we shall sow in distant fields our revolutionary actions to free the world.

Joseph MATAR

A masterpiece... Oil on canvas, 200 x 151 cm, 2005
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We offer Print On Canvas (not framed) signed by the artist himself and numbered 1/100.

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Technique of reproduction:

-The artwork is presented as Giclee Print (digital printmaking technology with fantastic results in beauty and quality) on real cotton canvas 400 mu. thick, neutral pH, low dot gain. Great for reproducing oil and acrylic paintings. The reproductions come from very large *.TIF images, about 50 Megas for each photo and about 6500 x 5000 pixels.

-Ink Stability and Treatment: All indications are that the new UV pigmented inks for the Hewlett-Packard DesignJet z6100ps will have a longevity rating of between 150 and 200 years - the tests are valid for over 100 years so far and still ongoing by Wilhelm. The surface of the print is treated with thermoplastic acrylic resin. (It is important to note that all colours fade. Depending of the composition of the paints, many original watercolours will fade faster).

-All prints are presented with 2 inches of white canvas border ready to be framed.
The prints do not come framed. The choosing of mats and frames is a matter of personal taste. Local framing shops can best provide you this type of service.

-The advanced plotter used is the DesignJet z6100ps printer's series with the increased colour gamut of their UV pigmented inks.

-Let us offer you extremely affordable Museum quality Giclee prints with colour and longevity consistency and a look almost indistinguishable from the original work of art ! Using the new Hewlett-Packard DesignJet z6100ps & 100+ year HP UV inks, there is no worry of prints fading indoors.

LebanonArt is chargeable for the shipment through D.H.L. services, so you will not be charged. You can expect your print to arrive within 6 days from the date you place your order!

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