The Dawn

"Your extraordinary virtuosity conjures up so many moods, forms, and legends know from classical Persian painting. Your mastery of brush and pigment, as well as your intense devotion to a vital tradition, rewards those who travel through. the world of your miniatures and drawings. For a foreigner such as myself, who has been addicted to Persian painting for most of his life (a slightly longer one than yours), it is exciting to recognize many motifs and characterizations. The spirits of Sultan Muhammad, Mirza 'Ali, Reza 'Abbasi", and of many, many other "old friends" are re-animated in your pictures. As a citizen of the world-as well as of Persia-, however, you also reveal appreciation of other master artists, from Europe as well as China and beyond. I sense, for instance, that like me you admire the astonishing imagination of Gustave Dore, a wizzard whose dashing lines and flickering images would have brought smiles to Sultan Muhammad himself."...

Stuart Cary Welch Harvard Universitv Art Museums, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Fogg Art Museum, Arthur M. Sackler Museum

Master Farshchian

Opening an art book of Mahmoud Farshchian is like leaping into the heart of a magical realm. A happy blend of the real and imaginary at once sets the tone for everything, thanks to an alchemy whose secret formula he seems to be one of the few to possess. People, nature, animals and objects are present; we recognize them for what they are, but at the same time we begin to see them differently. We do not see them in a dream, but touch them with a different way of looking. This is what makes Mahmoud Farshchian unique and exceptional. That is how it is. This is another stroke of the master's skill.

Federico Mayor Director General of UNESCO

Farshchian Art

"On account of their extraordinary draftsmanship, their wide coloristic range and innate sense of the decorative aspect, the drawings and painting of Mr. Mahmoud Farshchian are in the true tradition of the great Iranian painters."

Dr. Richard Ettinghausen, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY 1969-1979

Visit Master Farshchian's new website to learn more:

Related Links
Iran Arts

Front Page