Adnan, known for her work with language in poetry, novels, and plays, discovered an affinity for abstract landscapes in the late 1950s.


Etel Adnan (1925 - 2021) expressed her creative vision through paintings, poetry, journalism, novels, and plays. She was born in Lebanon to Greek and Syrian parents, where she learned Greek, French, and Arabic. Her painting career began later in life and was deeply rooted to the beauty of the natural world, distilled through her use of abstraction and textural gestures. As a result, her work ennobled bold swathes of color and gesture to convey the simplicity and essence of nature observed.