- 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
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.
for Purchase an Original Persian Paintings
- Quality custom
editions of Persian art on canvas, from traditional art to contemporary
Iranian artists, Original Paintings, will be available for purchase
through our representatives or galleries worldwide.
Oil Canvas Digitograf
Edition available for order any size up to 36"x48"
Large Selection of Qajar Paintings Original and Duplicate on
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