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Mohamed Nagy Museum, Cairo
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The museum commemorates painter Mohamed Nagy, who co- pioneered the Egyptian modern art after his return from Florence. Mohamed Nagy, founder of modern Egyptian photography art . Undoubtedly, Mohamed Nagy, the great artist, is one of the staunch artists who contributed much to laying down the foundations of the modern Egyptian photography art. He produced an array of terrific paintings some of which go back to 1907, as he was just a 19-year-old boy.

Born on January 17, 1888 in Alexandria, and raised in rich family, Mohamed Nagy was fascinated with all colors of art while a little boy. He, as it were, found nothing in world exciting more than art. He mastered playing the "Aued", as his talent surfaced at early age.

He travelled to Italy to study art. He had to return to Egypt prior to the outbreak of the First World War. Entertaining a radical attitude against classic rules of art he devoted himself to Impressionism. He was the first Egyptian to study the academic art in the Italian capital of art, Florence. The most striking evidence to Nagy's unique style is that his paintings were displayed side by side with that of most renowned French artists in 1920.

In 1922, he met Madam Joliet Adam, the spiritual mother of the great leader Mostafa Kamel, and he depicted her with his delicate brush, presenting many wonderful paintings.

His painting "Egyptian Revival" was displayed at Paris Salon, for which he was awarded the golden medal that was also granted to celebrated sculptor Mahmoud Mokhtar for his wonderful "Egyptian Revival" sculpture. In appreciation of his peculiar color of art, the state honored Nagy, as it turned his atelier to a museum housing all masterpieces he made.

In his work he produced a blend of Egypt as past and present. He was fascinated with Nature and murals made by ancient Egyptian artisans. His paintings are beautifully transparent, displaying powerful and elaborate compositions. His painting "Egyptian Revival" was displayed at Paris Salon, for which he was awarded the golden medal that was also granted to celebrated sculptor Mahmoud Mokhtar for his wonderful "Egyptian Revival" sculpture.

Determined to complete his painting Alexandria School Nagy decided in 1952 to turn a plot of land he owned in Hadayek al-Ahram into a studio. He began to paint the monumental work in 1939 when he was the director of the Museum of Modern Art. In the wake of his death in his studio, the Ministry of Culture paid tribute to the late artist by buying his studio and turning it into a museum in 1962.

Effat Nagy

The painter sister Effat Nagy, also a painter, appreciatively offered 40 works to the new museum, which also received a large collection of sketches and the late brother memorabilia. On July 13, 1968 the Minister of Culture Tharwat Okasha opened the museum officially. Its exhibits increased significantly in 1987, especially after the Ministry of Culture bought larger number of the artist oil paintings. The ministry enthusiasm in this respect invited the painter devoted sister to offer more of her brother works to the museum, increasing the number of its exhibits to 1200. The Mohammed Nagy Museum was re-opened in 1991 after I successfully underwent a big renovation and restoration plan.