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Syrian Artist Reveals Capacity for Love and Hate

Syrian in exile places the works of Da Vinci, Gauguin, Warhol and others on his homeland's devastated landscape to reveal humanity's extremes.
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A circle of women from Matisse’ 1910 “The Dance”, 1910, celebrate over the remnants of an abandoned street in Homs. By Tammam Azzam.
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A circle of women from Matisse’ 1910 “The Dance”, 1910, celebrate over the remnants of an abandoned street in Homs. By Tammam Azzam.

Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh lurks behind the tin, steel and concrete remains of a neighborhood in Daraya. By Tammam Azzam.
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Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh lurks behind the tin, steel and concrete remains of a neighborhood in Daraya. By Tammam Azzam.

The ambiguous smile of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” is juxtaposed against the collapsed roofs and twisted frames of Homs, the nation’s third-largest city in Syria and a center of the rebellion. By Tammam Azzam.
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The ambiguous smile of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” is juxtaposed against the collapsed roofs and twisted frames of Homs, the nation’s third-largest city in Syria and a center of the rebellion. By Tammam Azzam.

Francisco Goya’s “Third of May, 1808”, depicts Spanish partisans being shot by French troops of Napoleon in the rubble of Douma, Syria. By Tammam Azzam.
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Francisco Goya’s “Third of May, 1808”, depicts Spanish partisans being shot by French troops of Napoleon in the rubble of Douma, Syria. By Tammam Azzam.

Salvador Dali’s “The Sleep” hovers over destroyed shops and homes on the edge of Idlib, Syria. By Tammam Azzam.
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Salvador Dali’s “The Sleep” hovers over destroyed shops and homes on the edge of Idlib, Syria. By Tammam Azzam.

Paul Gauguin’s 1891 Tahitian Woman on a Beach contemplate the tents of Zaatari, a refugee camp near Mafraq, Jordan housing more than 168,000 Syria war refugees. By Tammam Azzam.
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Paul Gauguin’s 1891 Tahitian Woman on a Beach contemplate the tents of Zaatari, a refugee camp near Mafraq, Jordan housing more than 168,000 Syria war refugees. By Tammam Azzam.

Gustav Klimt’s 1907 oil painting, “The Kiss”, looms over the exposed interior of a bombed building in Douma, Syria. By Tammam Azzam.
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Gustav Klimt’s 1907 oil painting, “The Kiss”, looms over the exposed interior of a bombed building in Douma, Syria. By Tammam Azzam.

An army of Andy Warhol’s “Elvis Presley” stands defiantly over the rubble of a building in Homs, the nation’s third-largest city in Syria and a devastated center of the rebellion. By Tammam Azzam.
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An army of Andy Warhol’s “Elvis Presley” stands defiantly over the rubble of a building in Homs, the nation’s third-largest city in Syria and a devastated center of the rebellion. By Tammam Azzam.

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