Midsummer Night #10

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

Object Name: Painting

Date: 1991

Geography: Country of Origin USA

Medium: Straw compound on canvas

Dimensions: H. 20 in. (50.8 cm)
W. 19.75 in. (50.2 cm)
D. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)

Classification: Paintings

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

Accession Number: 2012.357


Marcos Grigorian falls within Iran's art lineage, having grown up in the country and spent much of his life expanding its art scene, locally and abroad. After earning a degree from the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Rome, Grigorian returned to Iran in 1954 to establish a leading art gallery and later the country's first biennial in 1958. At the same time, he began exploring more abstract sensibilities, beginning his "earthworks" series using Iranian parched earth, kahgel (a mixture of clay used for the adobelike village dwellings), straw, and hay, all of which he adhered to supports. These pieces celebrated the purity and simplicity of Iranian village life.