Towards Another Land

Towards Another Land


calligraphy by Hassan Massoudy

(Iraq, 1944-)

text by Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi

(Iranian, 1207-1273)

Pigments on paper

Paper: 74.9 x 54.9 cm (29 1/2 x 21 5/8 in.)

L. E. Holden Fund 2013.65



This dynamic calligraphic art by the Iraqi artist Hassan Massoudy integrates three styles of Arabic script. Large Arabic letters with strong sweeping curves washed in opalescent turquoise complement the small text written in his elegant version of angular Kufic script. It reads, "Towards another land—a country where only light reigns," by the Iranian poet Rumi. Silhouetted script in the central area contributes to the vibrant harmony of this stunning work.

Hassan Massoudy grew up in Iraq where he practiced calligraphy but had to emigrate in order to study figure painting. In Paris, however, calligraphy became increasingly prominent in his art, eventually it took over, and has also been incorporated in his performance art.

See also
Islamic Art
Islamic Art
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L. E. Holden Fund

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