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Towards Another Land

Towards Another Land

2012

calligraphy by Hassan Massoudy

(Iraq, 1944-)

text by Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi

(Iranian, 1207-1273)

Pigments on paper

Paper: 74.9 x 54.9 cm (29 1/2 x 21 5/8 in.)

L. E. Holden Fund 2013.65

Description

This dynamic calligraphic art by the Iraqi artist Hassan Massoudy integrates three styles of Arabic script. Large Arabic letters with strong sweeping curves washed in opalescent turquoise complement the small text written in his elegant version of angular kufic script. It reads, "Towards another land-a country where only light reigns," by the Iranian poet Rumi. Silhouetted script in the central area contributes to the vibrant harmony of this stunning work.

Hassan Massoudy grew up in Iraq where he practiced calligraphy but had to emigrate in order to study figure painting. In Paris, however, calligraphy became increasingly prominent in his art, eventually took over, and has also been incorporated in his performance art.

See also
Collection: 
Islamic Art
Department: 
Islamic Art
Type of artwork: 
Calligraphy
Credit line: 
L. E. Holden Fund

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