.... “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
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
"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, Director The Department of Islamic Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY 1969-1979
"I am always amazed at the beautiful draftsmanship and the skill displayed in the paintings by Farshchian. "
Dr. Harold P. Stern, Director Smithsonian Institute, Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1971-1977
"It is a pleasure to show the imaginative creations of Mr Farshchian, who surely, must be considered among the most talented contemporary artists.
Daniel M. MacMaster, President Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL
1984 Foxworth Gallery, New York
From 1948 to 1994 the artist participated in thirty-nine group exhibitions around the world.
1987 - Golden Palm of Europe
Queen Elizabeth of England
Works of the artist are a part of many other collections throughout the world.
COMMISSIOINS (A PARTIAL LISTING):
Prince Phillip of England
The artist, who was the National Art Specialist of Iran, served as the Director of Department of National Arts in the Iranian Ministry of Culture and Arts and was a Professor at the College of Fine Arts of University of Tehran. He is a member of Accademia Europea and Accademia Italia Delle Arti e Del Lavoro.
THE LIST OF PUBLICATIONS:
Paintings and Drawings by Mahmoud Farshchian, Volume 1 .............................
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