Ali Banisadr (Iranian, born 1976)
Oil on linen; H. 48 in. (121.9 cm), W. 60 in. (152.4cm)
Purchase, 2011 NoRuz at the Met Benefit, 2012 (2012.38)
As a child, Ali Banisadr lived through the Iran-Iraq War. He paints the sounds and sights of war. The visual and narrative content of his works is shaped by his exposure to war, pop culture, cinema, graphic novels, and European painting. Interrogation is one of his apocalyptic paintings, in which meticulously rendered figures and monumental expanses reminiscent of Hieronymus Bosch are combined with abstract brushwork and gestural compositions.