Master Mahmoud Farshchian

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Twenty Persian paintings by master Farshchian

“our extraordinary virtuosity conjures up so many moods, forms, and legends know from classical Persian painting. Your mastery of brush and pigment, as well as your intense devotion to a vital tradition, rewards those who travel through. the world of your miniatures and drawings. For a foreigner such as myself, who has been addicted to Persian painting for most of his life (a slightly longer one than yours), it is exciting to recognize many motifs and characterizations. The spirits of Sultan Muhammad, Mirza ‘Ali, Reza ‘Abbasi”, and of many, many other “old friends” are re-animated in your pictures. As a citizen of the world as well as of Persia-, however, you also reveal the appreciation of other master artists, from Europe as well as China and beyond. I sense, for instance, that like me you admire the astonishing imagination of Gustave Dore, a wizard whose dashing lines and flickering images would have brought smiles to Sultan Muhammad himself.”…

Stuart Cary Welch Harvard University Art Museums, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Fogg Art Museum, Arthur M. Sackler Museum

Opening an art book of Mahmoud Farshchian is like leaping into the heart of a magical realm. A happy blend of the real and imaginary at once sets the tone for everything, thanks to an alchemy whose secret formula he seems to be one of the few to possess. People, nature, animals, and objects are present; we recognize them for what they are, but at the same time we begin to see them differently. We do not see them in a dream but touch them with a different way of looking. This is what makes Mahmoud Farshchian unique and exceptional. That is how it is. This is another stroke of the master’s skill.

Federico Mayor Director-General of UNESCO

“On account of their extraordinary draftsmanship, their wide coloristic range and innate sense of the decorative aspect, the drawings, and painting of Mr. Mahmoud Farshchian is in the true tradition of the great Iranian painters.”

Dr. Richard Ettinghausen, Director The Department of Islamic Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY 1969-1979

“I am always amazed at the beautiful draftsmanship and the skill displayed in the paintings by Farshchian. “

Dr. Harold P. Stern, Director Smithsonian Institute, Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1971-1977

“It is a pleasure to show the imaginative creations of Mr. Farshchian, who surely, must be considered among the most talented contemporary artists.

Daniel M. MacMaster, President Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL


1984 Foxworth Gallery, New York
1981 Museum of Contemporary Arts, Tehran
1978 Fine Arts Miniature Gallery, Tehran
1976 Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
1976 University of Utah, Salt Lake City
1976,1970 The Middle East Institute, Washington, D.C.
1976,1970 Rima Gallery, New York
1975,1972 Iran-America Society, Tehran
1974,1966 Iran Bastan Museum, Tehran
1973 Lahore Museum, Lahore
1973 National Council of Art, Karachi
1973 Art Institute, Rawalpindi
1972 Cyrus Gallery, Paris
1968 Fine Arts Museum, Algiers
1965,1964 Tehran University, Tehran
1964 The Hall of Culture, Tehran
1963 Europa Fine Arts Gallery, Vienna
1963,1959 Kunst Muller Gallery, Munich
1962 Palazzo Barberini, Rome
1962 Lyrical Galleria, Milan
1960 Golestan Palace Museum, Tehran
1956 Art Institute, Istanbul
1954 Chehelsotoun Palace Museum, Esfahan
1949,1948 Iran-British Cultural Institute, Esfahan


From 1948 to 1994 the artist participated in thirty-nine group exhibitions around the world.


1987 – Golden Palm of Europe
1985 – Oscar D’Italia, gold statuette.
1984 – Vessillo Europa Delle Arte, gold statuette. Italy
1983 – Diploma Accadenu’co D’Europa, L但ccademia D’Europa. Italy
1983 – Diploma Maestro Di Pittura, II Seminario d’Arte Moderna. Italy
1982 – Diploma Di Merito, Universita Delle Arti. Italy
1980 – Accademia Italia delle Arti e del Lavoro, gold medal.
1973 – Ministry of Culture and Art, 1st prize in art. Iran
1958 – International Art Festival, gold medal. Belgium
1952 – Military Art, gold medal. Iran


Queen Elizabeth of England
Queen Juliana of Netherlands
Prince Agha Khan
Lyndon Johnson, former President of The United States
General Ernesto Geisel, former- President of Brazil
Crown Prince Akihito of Japan
Giuseppe Saragat, former President of Italy
Lal Bahadur Shastri, former Prime Minister of India
Senator William Fullbright
Professor Arthur A. Pope
Professor Dr. Hossin Sadeghi, Switzerland
Ghassan Shaker
National Art Museum, Iran
Museum of Modern Art, Iran
Art Museum of Istanbul, Turkey
The Lahore Museum, Pakistan
Madison Corporation of Washington, D.C.
Bob Guccione, New York
Bohrer Collection, New Jersey
Panes Collection, New Jersey

Works of the artist are a part of many other collections throughout the world.


Prince Phillip of England
Giscard D’Estang, former President of France
Ramzi Sanbar, New York
Marshall Queen, Washington, D.C.
Furnishing Systems Inc., New York
Hilton Hotel, Tehran
Center for Culture and Art, Tehran
Turkish Foreign Ministry, Ankara
Line & Tone Co., New York

The artist, who was the National Art Specialist of Iran, served as the Director of Department of National Arts in the Iranian Ministry of Culture and Arts and was a Professor at the College of Fine Arts of the University of Tehran. He is a member of Accademia Europea and Accademia Italia Delle Arti e Del Lavoro.


Paintings and Drawings by Mahmoud Farshchian, Volume 1 ……………………….. 1976
Mahmoud Farshchian, Volume 2 ……………………………………………………………..1991
The Great Heroes in Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh ………………………………………………… 1991
Mahmoud Farshchian (Volume 2 Second Edition) ……………………………………… 1991
Paintings and Drawings by Mahmoud Farshchian (Volume I Second Edition) ….. 1991
Stories from Heroes Shahnameh of Ferdosi ………………………………………………. 1993

Twenty Persian paintings by master Farshchian