oil on canvas, signed lower right, framed 96 x 128 cm.
Provenance: Private collection, Paris: acquired directly from the artist.
The landscape in this painting is that of Sepehri's beloved Kashan, where he lived as a youth before moving to Tehran in 1948. The time spent here in his early years was to greatly affect both his paintings and his poetry: indeed, at his Tehran studio he designed a garden similar to that in his paternal house, and spent much time working there cloaked in childhood memories. This work is similar in execution to a number of Sepehri's paintings from the mid-late 1970s. Following a transient period of painting purely abstract geometrical works, he moved towards the creation of more realistic views which depicted open and deserted spaces. This new direction coupled with Sepehri's sensitive artistic execution produced calm works, often carried out in watercolour, where typically only the natural features are defined.
For similar landscapes see Pirouz Sayar, Paintings and Drawings of Sohrab Sepehri, Tehran 2002, esp. pp. 60-65. R. Pakbaz and Y. Emdadian, Pioneers of Iranian Modern Painting, Tehran, 2001, esp. pp. 145-149.
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