Hossein BEHZAD (1894-1968), Tehran School, Iran, 1951.
"Couple enlacé" (Cuddled Couple).
Ink drawing with red and gilt enhancements, on paperboard.
Signed lower center "Miniature by Behzad" and dated : 2/1/1330 or : 2/March-April/ 1951.
Two lines of poetry lower left:
Na man az eshgheh rokhash bikhod-o heiran gashtam
khabar az vaghe'eye lat-o manatam dadand/ (I am ecstatic and amazed with love by his face, the news of Lat and Manat's events have been received).
Iran, dated: 2 months of Farvardïn/March-April 1951.
Dimensions sheet: 51,5 x 35 cm (20-1/4 x 13-3/4 in.).
Hossein Behzad is one of the most famous Persian painters of the 20th century, he is considered the Master of Persian painting the Safavid style between the two World Wars.
At the beginning of his training, Behzad imitated the style of artists during the 15th century and Reza-e Abbasi during the 17th century. After his trip to Paris in the 1930s, his style changed completely, notably with expressions on faces which were influenced by the European pictorial tradition. His style was soon imitated by his contemporaries and even today. He had several exhibitions abroad: the Paris Museum of Modern Art in 1955 and Washington and New York City, USA in 1957. After his death on October 3, 1968 a museum was fully dedicated to him in a pavilion of the Imperial Palace, close to Tehran.
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