I can only conclude from the statement that since they've been overlooked in the West, there is little reason to celebrate them in the Middle East. Which is clearly the case.
This is up for debate, but Khalil Gibran was a talented painter, and has painted alongside some of the most acclaimed artists of his days, most notably alongside French sculptor Auguste Rodin.
I can't say how far he would have made it as an artist if he wasn't a poet and writer. I'll leave that for you to judge:
Images courtesy of the Gibran National Committee. This post originally appeared on Bana's blog: bananapook.com
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