Dear Farshchian,


Farshchian has no intention to represent the rose; rather, he urges us to sense its fragrance. He tends to show us that which he sees already, thus he probes through colors and strives to acquaint the observer with the spiritus mundi. His mysticism places him in the avant-garde. Farshchian is an astounding phenomenon and a turning point in the history if the Iranian art of painting. He has now become a point of reference.

Umberto Baldini
President - International University of Art, Florence, Italy

His artistic distinctions and qualifications have rendered Maestro Mahmoud Farshchian one of the most prominent figures in the contemporary art of painting and one of the few perennial artists who are not merely the child of their age, and evaluation of them is not confined only to the standards of their own time and place. They belong to all ages of art.

Huang Zhou
Master of Chinese painting - Curator of Yanhuang Museum, Peking, China - Director of Chinese Center for Research in Art

Because of his devotion to the honoured Iranian practice of the painter’s craft, Master Mahmoud Farshchian is not only a worthy heir to this tradition of many centuries, but also a remarkable innovator in the 21st century.

Professor Ernst J. Grube + Eleanor Sims
Curator of Islamic Art - Metropolitan Museum of Art - Professor emeritus, University of Venice

Mahmoud Farshchian’s painting represents the kind of work which shows a thorough affinity with the original Persian art, but more than that, it displays an art which belongs to the total humanity and the world as a whole and, it conveys to our generation the fact that his art is not only of a particular civilization, but it is also as much a part of the artistic and cultural heritage of the entire world.

Bert Fragner
Chair of Iranian Studies, Language, History and Culture - University of Bamberg, Germany

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 - UNESCO

The art of Farshchian is powerful in the sense that, despite a delicate touch that is quite devoid of sentimentality, it speaks with vigor to the man of today.

Francis Richard
Chief Curator - Department of Manuscripts National Library of France, Paris

Mahmoud Farshchian is persistently and quietly stationed on solid reality whilst combining reality with a “surnatural” dream - The Mahmoud Farshchian Fantasy- and makes an inscrutable breakthrough.

Shigenobu Kimura
Director General - Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan

Once experienced, Farshchian’s pictures tend to linger in our minds, revealing new facets… Through his enticing, sometimes upsetting worlds, Farshchian’s brush dances to the rhythms of traditional vegetal arabesques.

Dr. Stuart Cary Welch
Curator - Harvard University Art Museums, 1970-1995

The ordinary western art-lover can still feel and enjoy the aesthetic impact and admire the technical perfection of Mr. Farshchian’s paintings.

Professor Basil Robinson
Curator - Victoria & Albert Museum, London

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

Dr. Richard Ettinghausen
Chief Curator & Director - Freer Gallery & The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Your extraordinary virtuosity conjures up so many moods, forms, and legends known 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.

Stuart Cary Welch
Curator - Harvard University Art Museums; Busch-Reisinger Museum; Foff Art Museum; & Arthur M. Sackler Museum

This, the latest publication to depict his work, provides vivid testimony of his exceptional, indeed unique, qualities as an artist. Of one thing we can be certain: the art of Mahmoud Farshchian will endure.

Koichiro Matsuura
Director General - UNESCO

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

Mahmoud Farshchian is of course familiar with earlier Iranian art, but he paints in his own inimitable way, which could never be mistaken for any of the styles of earlier Iranian art, and he has his own message to transmit. His paintings - they primarily reflect his own highly view of the world.

Robert Hillenbrand
Professor of Islamic Art - University of Edinburgh, United kingdom.

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

Director - Smithsonian Institute

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