Ardeshir Mohassess Iranian

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In this pen and ink drawing, Muzaffar al-Din Shah (r. 1896–1907) and his attendant are shown kicking two servants on the floor. The bright but sparing use of color – only in the figures’ faces and headdress – brings attention to their garish features and exorbitant lifestyle based on material wealth and gluttony. Following in the great tradition of manuscript illustrations, Mohassess’s picture is a jibe at courtly life.

Untitled, Ardeshir Mohassess (Iranian, Rasht 1938–2008 New York), Ink and watercolor on paper

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