Artist: Ali Banisadr (born Tehran, Iran, 1976)

Object Name: Painting

Date: 2010

Geography: Made in USA, New York

Medium: Oil on linen

Dimensions: H. 48 1/8 in. (122.2 cm)
W. 60 in. (152.4 cm)
D. 1 7/16 in. (3.7 cm)

Classification: Paintings

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

Accession Number: 2012.38

Rights and Reproduction: © Ali Banisadr


As a child, Ali Banisadr (b. 1976) 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.