The following article examines the work of seven visual artists of the first generation of Palestinian refugees whose careers unfolded in Beirut, at thetime the cultural center of the Arab world and "the metropolis of Arab modernity." The two groups of refugee artists - those from the camps and those who became part of Beirut's elite artistic scene - produced works very different in approach and spirit, but which all bore the stamp of their experience of Palestine. While examining the works of these artists in the context of their lives, the paper also highlights the sometimes explicit, sometimes hidden presence of Palestine.

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