Etel Adnan
Hommage à la Déesse de L'Olivier | 2018
Oil on canvas. 16 paintings of 29,5 cm diameter each. Donation of Marielle Saradar

« Une nouvelle divinité grecque vient de se dévoiler : la déesse Olivéa, la déesse des oliviers, ces arbres aux vertus multiples, dont l’huile a servi au sacre des rois tout autant qu’elle a formé la base de la nourriture tout autour de la Méditerranée. Si nous voulons sauver notre planète, la Terre, nous devrions commencer par cet arbre bénéfique à la beauté magique. C’est pourquoi j’ai choisi de lui consacrer une série de toiles rondes, nommée Hommage à la déesse Olivéa. » Etel Adnan

Reference EA-P-2018-A (1-16)

Biography of the artist

Born in Lebanon. 1925
Died in Paris. 2021
Works and Lives in Paris, France


Etel Adnan is a Lebanese-American poet, essayist, and visual artist. In 2003, Adnan was named "arguably the most celebrated and accomplished Arab American author writing today" by the academic journal MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States. She studied literature at the Sorbonne, Paris, at Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., and Berkeley University and went on to teach philosophy of art at the Dominican University of California. Adnan has held solo and group exhibitions in the USA, Jordan, Morocco, France, Belgium, Italy, UK, Emirates, and Saudi Arabia. Etel Adnan‘s work has been acquired by private collections as well as by the Royal Jordanian Museum, the Modern Art Museum in Tunisia, the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, the British Museum, The World Bank in Washington D.C., and the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.