Ahmad Shah - The Last King of Qajar

Ardeshir Mohassess Iranian

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Ardeshir Mohassess was one of Iran’s most renowned political artists and caricaturists. In the 1960s and 1970s, he created cartoons that caustically addressed the history of kingship and authoritarian rule in Iran. This topic has long been the focus of Persian works on paper, making his critical treatment of it all the more powerful. In this piece, Ahmad Shah (Qajar, 1898–1930) is portrayed as a pompous king dressed in European military attire, but despite this regalia, he is ultimately cast as a buffoon. Like the rest of Mohassess’s works, this piece demonstrates a precision of both concept and form, delivering a clear political message to his audience.

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