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Qajar Art Collection
 
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During the Safavian Era, Iran's culture experienced a period of assimilation and adaptation, as European influences saturated a once-distinct society. The European tradition affected two important aspects of Persian art: subject matter and color tone.
 
The art works of monarchist Europe were almost uniformly inspired by the prevailing sentiments of the royal court. Thus, a certain alienation was always present in the great paintings of the European masters: an emphasis on style over substance, social status over humanity, structured elegance over organic, dynamic life. Portraits of kings, their various noble relatives and the opulence of the royal court were rich in detail but poor in spiritual enrichment.
 
Under the shadow of this demanding tradition, the art of Iran's Qajar period sought to incorporate Europe's virtues while discarding its inherent vices. The results were vibrant (if decidedly royalist) paintings that assimilated the color tones of European art (dark browns and yellows, bright reds) within the context of Iran's own royal tradition. Using oil paints on heavy canvas, the Qajar masters undertook a "reformation" of sorts within the Persian tradition, rejecting hard-line nativism in favor of integration and accommodation with Europe.
 
Royal Persian Painting
By Sophie Kazan
The 6th July saw the opening of the Royal Persian Painting: The Qajar Epoch 1785-1925 exhibition at the Brunei Gallery, in London. The exhibition, which was organised by the Brooklyn Museum in New York, has visited Los Angeles and New York before arriving in London, its only European destination.
This is an impressive and highly significant exhibition for it boasts of over one hundred oil paintings, photographs and artefacts brought together from European, American, Russian and Iranian collections for the first time. Paintings of the Qajar epoch mark an important watershed in Iranian art. The late eighteenth and nineteenth century saw the transition from the opulence and lavishness typified by Safavid courtly art, to a more reflective and interiorised naturalism which set the tone for the piety and conservatism of twentieth century Iran.
 

 
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Oil Canvas Digitograf™ Edition available for order any size up to 36"x48"
A Large Selection of Qajar Paintings Original and Duplicate on Oil Canvas Digitograph

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