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Blue poppies

  • Description

    Although naturalism was never a priority in Islamic painting, from the mid-17th century onwards the Persian pictorial production increasingly experimented with realistic subjects, possibly inspired by the increased availability of Western prints in Asia. Single flowers and flower compositions such as the one seen here testify to the ability of local artists to depict subjects from life. The painting is signed by Nasr Allah Naqqash.

  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia Iran (place of creation)
    c. 1870
    Qajar Period (1779 - 1925)
    Nasr Allah Naqqash (active c. 1870) (artist)
    Material and technique
    watercolour on paper; mounted on paper
    page 18.8 x 12.5 cm (height x width)
    painting 15.7 x 10 cm (height x width)
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    Bequeathed by Christopher T. Gandy, 2012.
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