During a few years, he enjoyed traveling
to Europe and elsewhere. Since 1962, many itinerant exhibitions were organized
from Paris to New York, from Sao Paolo to Belgrade, from Moscow to Alexandria.
All these places will inspire the artist,but it is the ambiances of Saint
Germain-des-Près and Montparnasse, in the 50s and 60s, from which he
will keep in mind odors,moves and memories that will forever mark his work. In
1967, Elie Kanaan will be awarded with the Prix Vendôme which devotes his
recognition in Europe.
Back in Beirut, he won't be one of those
high society painters, nevertheless, he will impose himself throughout the
years as much as in his uprightness as in art, without retreating in his
solitude. He will become professor at the Lebanese Academy of Art. He will
devote the major part of his energy to the preparation of international
exhibitions that will open the door wider horizons.
The international recognition for his
work will worth being part of the most important collections in this world.
Noticed in his time by André Malraux, Elie Kanaan has reached the mad
impulses that all great artists are gifted with, a meticulous and an expertise
at work. Conductor of colours, Elie Kanaan works on compositions that often
illustrate in a same canvass a mixture of pulsions of life and death, of joy
and anguish that always leave an attentive eye on a immediate glean of hope.
Inspired by the Lebanese mountain, Elie Kanaan's recent works clarifies the
soul on meditation. The voluptuous colours shade under a sensible look. It is
without any doubt that this sincere way and that will to create a "beautiful
work" that give Elie Kanaan's paintings this unexplainable mark of distinguish
of all the other great painters and its timeless resonance.