Artist: Marcos Grigorian (Iranian (born Russia), Kropotkin 1925–2007 Yerevan, Armenia)

Object Name: Painting

Date: 1970s

Geography: Country of Origin Iran

Medium: Straw on mixed-media compound on canvas

Dimensions: Framed:
H. 26 3/4 in. (67.9 cm)
W. 22 1/2 in. (57.2 cm)
D. 3 in. (7.6 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Purchase, 2011 NoRuz at The Met Benefit, 2012

Accession Number: 2012.356


This work by the pioneering Iranian-Armenian modernist Marcos Grigorian is from the series "Earthworks." His compositions are intimately connected to village life in Iran and utilize the basic materials, including straw, sand, and mud, that are used to build adobe-like dwellings and everyday utilitarian objects. They express his passion for the simplicity and beauty of life in Iranian villages.