Saturday, March 5, 2011

Mahmoud Farshchian

The Hunt
A detail of this painting was featured in Daily Deviations some months ago.  Until then, I hadn't encountered the wonderful works of Mahmoud Farshchian, though he's recognized as a modern master of Persian painting. 

The Guarantor of the Gazelle
The Ashura
The Distant Drummer, Rumi
The great tradition of Persian miniature painting is reinvented by Farshchian.  There's infinite effervescence as well as exquisite detail in his works that even surpass the Limbourg brothers' illuminations notably in Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, graceful with superb composition and color.  One is also reminded of Chan painting and Russian Palekh, and even Delacroix.  I particularly admire the way he depicts vapor, and the way it suggests aesthetic, affective, and existential understanding.  The visions of a mystical dreamer are also somehow our pondering deja vu.

More images and info at above websites.