b. 1883, Bsharri, Lebanon, d. 1931, New York City
Renowned as an artist, writer, and poet, Gibran Khalil Gibran, known in the United States as Kahlil Gibran, was a key member of the early Arab American literary and arts community. Gibran was born in Lebanon in 1883, but emigrated with his family to Boston, MA in 1885. Though Gibran is best known as the author of the literary masterpiece, The Prophet, he was also a highly skilled visual artist. In 1908, Gibran moved to Paris to attend art school, where he studied with sculptor Auguste Rodin. Infused with a mystical quality, many of his works explore the symbols and elements relating to man and the spiritual world.
In 1932, the contents of Gibran's studio in New York, including his furniture, his personal belongings, his private library, his manuscripts and 440 original paintings, were transferred to his native town Bsharri. This collection is now known as The Gibran Museum. The largest public collection of his visual artworks in the United States are held by the Telfair Museum in Savannah, GA, and have been featured in exhibitions The Art of Kahlil Gibran, 2010 and Visions of the Prophet, 2012.
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