01 Painting, MIDDLE EASTERN ART, With Footnotes - 25

Mahmoud Sabri, 1927 - 2012, IRAQI
Oil on canvas
137 by 196cm.; 54 by 77 1/8 in.
Private collection

Mahmoud Sabri, 1927 - 2012, was an Iraqi painter, considered as one of the pioneers of Iraqi modern art and one of the pillars of modernism in Iraqi Art.

Born in Baghdad, Iraq, died on 13th April 2012 in Maidenhead, England. Studied social sciences at Loughborough University (England) in the late 1940s. While in England, his interest in painting developed and he attended evening art classes there. After a successful career in banking, he became a full-time painter.

In the 1950s he pioneered the painting of social and political issues. Later he studied art formally at the Surikov Institute for Art in Moscow 1961-1963. In 1963 he moved to Prague. In the late 1960s he started working on linking art and science.

He was actively involved in Iraq's arts community through his membership of various art groups. Led by his contemporary, Faeq Hassan (1914-1992), this group was inspired by Mespotamian art, Iraqi folklore and the 12th and 13th-century poets of the Baghdad School.

In 1971, he published his Manifesto of the New Art of Quantum Realism, QR. An application of scientific method in the field of art.  QR graphically represents the atomic level of reality using building blocks based on the atomic light spectra of elements in nature. He continued to work on developing QR until his death. He had several publications on art, philosophy and politics in Arabic and English. More on Mahmoud Sabri

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