Abdul Kadir Al Rassam, Akram Shukri, Faeq Hassan, Ghazi Saudi, Jewad Selim, Kadhim Hayder, Khaled Al-Jadir, Lorna Selim, Mohammed "Hajji" Selim, Saleh Al-Jumaie, Zaid Salih, Jamil Hamoudi, Ismael Fattah, Dia Azzawi, Rafa Nasiri, Mohammad Mohreddin, Ismael Fattah, Yasin Atia, Iman Ali Khalid, Kahlil Gibran, Shafic Abboud, Louay Kayyali, Salah Abdel Kerim, Reza Derakshani, Sohrab Sepehri, Massoud Arabshahi, Nasser Ovissi, Ahmed Moustafa, Abdel Hadi El-Gazzar, Hussein Fawzi, Farhad Moshiri, Mohammad Ehsai, Farideh Lashai, Khadiga Riad, Inji Efflatoun, Hussein Bicar, Tahia Halim, Salah Taher, Seif Wanly, Charles Hossein Zenderoudi, Nasrollah Afjei, Azra Aghighi Bakhsayeshi, Ali Shirazi, Nja Mahdaoui, Tahia Halim, Adel El Siwi, Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Hassan Hajjaj, Ali Omar Ermes, Hosni Banani, Georges Hanna Sabbagh, George Bahgory, Mohammad Ehsai, Mahmoud Abdel-Mawgood, Bahram Hanafi,
Abdul Kadir Al Rassam (Iraq, 1882-1952)
View of Ashra
oil on canvas, framed
signed "Al Rassam" and dated "1394" (A.H) in Arabic (lower left), titled "View of Ashra" in Arabic (lower right), executed in 1930
61 x 90cm (24 x 35 7/16in).1
Abdul Kadir Al Rassam was a member of the first generation of modern Iraqi painters. He was the pioneer among a group of predominantly amateur artists trained in Istanbul who brought their artistic knowledge back to their home country. This group of "soldier-artists" are widely credited with introducing canvas painting to Iraq at the turn of the century. Working in a realist style, al-Rassam is known for his sweeping landscapes, immaculate portraits, and faithful portrayals of everyday life in Iraq. He is one of the most prominent and prolific painters in Iraq's modern art history and his work heavily influenced the generations that followed. More
Mohammed "Hajji" Selim (Iraq, 1883-1941)
oil on canvas, framed
signed "Hajji Selim" and dated "1941" in Arabic (lower right), executed in 1941
56 x 95cm (22 1/16 x 37 3/8in).
The present work is one of the most well-known examples of early Iraqi modernism painted by Mohammed "Hajji" Selim, father of prominent Iraqi painter Jewad Selim.
Mohammed Selim was born in Baghdad. His parents were both originally from Mosel in the North of Iraq. Like many individuals from well to do families in Iraq, Selim was educated at the military academy in Istanbul where students encountered Turkish artistic styles of calligraphy and miniature and landscape painting. During the Ottoman reign Selim became an officer in the Ottoman army as well as an amateur artist. More
Akram Shukri (Iraq, 1910-1986)
oil on wood, framed
signed and dated "1962" (lower right), executed in 1962
65 x 48cm (25 9/16 x 18 7/8in).
Akram Shukri is considered one of the most important artists in the development of the Iraqi modern art movement, and although primarily an architect he was the founding member of the Society of Artists and Art Lovers in 1941. This group included important Iraqi artists such as Jawad Selim, Hafiz Droubi and Faik Hassan. Numerous members of this society went on to found other important artist groups; Faik Hassan was the leader of La Societe Primitive which later became known as The Pioneers, and Hafiz Droubi formed a group known as The Baghdad Group of Modern Art. More
Depicting the prominent Iraqi poetess Lamea Abbas Amara, the painting, executed in 1949, is one with which Jewad had a well-documented personal connection, and it remained in the artist's collection until his passing, taking part in the landmark "Societe Primitive" exhibition at the Baghdad Fine Arts institute in 1952, where it was photographed alongside Selim and his wife Lorna.
After Jewad's death in 1961 "Lamea" remained with Lorna Selim till 1971, when it was sold into the equally esteemed collection of Iraq's preeminent art critic Jabra Ibrahim Jabra before passing to his family from which it was purchased by the present owner
Lorna Selim (Iraq, born 1928)
Secondary School Street, Baghdad
ink on paper, framed
signed and dated "1977" in Arabic (lower left)
27 x 80cm (10 5/8 x 31 1/2in).
Lorna Selim received a scholarship to study at the Slade School of Fine Arts, London, where she received a diploma in painting and design in 1948. The following year she received an Art Teachers' Diploma (ATD) from the London University Institute of Education. From 1949-50 she taught art at the Tapton House Grammar School, Chesterfield, England. In the UK, she met Jewad Selim and they married in 1950. Returning to Baghdad, Lorna Selim became a member of the Baghdad Modern Art Group, Art Friends Society, and Society of Iraqi Plastic Artists. During the 1950s, she exhibited her work with the Baghdad Modern Art Group and the Pioneers Group. She was an art teacher at Ta'ssisiya School, Baghdad, in 1951, and participated in the Iraqi Pavilion Design for the International Fair held in Damascus in 1954. Along with Mohamed Ghani Hikmet, she supervised the completion of Jewad Selim's Monument of Freedom after his sudden death in 1961.