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خبر و رسانه

18    Mansoureh Hosseini (1926-2012)

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Signed “Mansoureh 73” in Farsi (lower right)
oil on cardboard
70×50 cm
Executed in 1994


500 - 700 Million IRR

Price realized

500,000,000 IRR

About Art Work

Color and line achieve visual maturity in the paintings of Mansoureh Hosseini simultaneously. Her approach to Expressionism is sometimes seen in the lines she depicts and at times in her flowers. Her early floral paintings go back to the 1960s, when she exhibited a collection titled Two Flowers on Thirty Canvases in 1965. She indicated the reason she was absorbed by the subject was that flowers symbolized the life cycle from birth to death. She wrote, “Vibrant color of flowers that reflect other colors and shades like a mirror gradually turn to brownish red when their round velvet petals languish and fall to the ground. Petals will look like pieces of leather the next day. Vitality and beauty are doomed to perish.”[1]

Hosseini revisited the flowers in her work later on. Flowers were only excuses for her to show the symphony of line and color during the Iran-Iraq war. In painting flowers, Mansoureh Hosseini had the same approach she had in her line paintings this time, utilizing sharp bold brushstrokes and applying ochre, yellow, and blue colors. She remembers this period of her career, “If you can look at a flower in a way that the flower, rage, love, and all human feelings join together, it is no longer a flower. It will be a transmutation. The flower then would be only an excuse. You can feel the pain through the flower; you can find the cure through the flower. Flowers can depict both extreme violence and gentle kindness. The flowers I have painted are scared. Even though they have blossomed, they seem to be endangered. Rage, blood, and desolation can be felt in these paintings.”[2]

The painting on display is a remarkable example of Mansoureh Hosseini’s paintings from this collection that shows the connection between her flower and line paintings. Blue background portrays a thunderous sky as if producing Persian calligraphic forms. The painter seems to have composed a poem about life.

[1] Brochure of the Two Flowers on Thirty Canvases exhibition, July 1965, with the endeavors of the National Iranian Oil Company, Tehran
[2] Maleki, Tooka, I am not a Painter, I have Painting Sickness, an interview with Mansoureh Hosseini, Etemad Daily, 19 May 2009.