Abdul Qadir Al-Rassam

View of the Tigris, 1934
Oil on canvas
33 x 53.5 cm

Abdul Qadir Al-Rassam
Born 1882, Baghdad, Iraq
Died 1952, Baghdad, Iraq

Al-Rassam was a realist painter from among the first generation of Iraqi modern painters, who was dedicated to portraying daily life in Iraq through portraits and landscapes. He received his artistic training in Istanbul in the early 1900s, while studying military science. Upon his return to Iraq, he began sharing his newfound knowledge introducing canvas painting while teaching in Baghdad. View of the Tigris, on display here, is an exemplary painting of his realism, capturing a panoramic view of the historic Tigris river. The river was an essential theme in the artist’s oeuvre and here he depicts the tranquil landscape, using his signature atmospheric perspective.

Text by Fawz Kabra and Suheyla Takesh

© Photo: Courtesy of Barjeel Art Foundation

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Highlights from the Barjeel Art Foundation. Sharjah Art Museum, UAE, 12 May 2018 - 31 May 2023. Curators: Salwa Mikdadi, Mandy Merzaban, Karim Sultan.

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