Monday, April 13, 2015

Iraqi Modernism - Akram Shukri

Akram Shukri (Iraq, 1910-1986)
Abstract Composition 
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