Abdul Ghafoor Breshna

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Abdul Ghafoor Breshna
Coronation of Ahmad Shah Durrani in 1747 by Breshna.jpg
Saber Shah crowning Ahmad Shah Durrani
Native name عبدالغفود برشنا
Born Abdul Ghafoor
(1907-04-10)April 10, 1907
Kabul, Afghanistan
Died January 4, 1974(1974-01-04) (aged 66)
Kabul, Afghanistan
Resting place Kabul, Afghanistan
Nationality Afghan
Other names Ustad Breshna
Alma mater Academy of Fine Arts, Munich
Occupation Painter, Music composer, poet, film director
Home town Kabul

Abdul Ghafoor Breshna (Persian: عبدالغفود برشنا‎‎; born 10 April 1907 in Kabul) was an Afghan painter, music composer, poet and film director.[1][2] He is regarded as one of the country's most talented artists.

Early life[edit]

Breshana was born as Abdul Ghafoor on 10 April 1907 in Kabul, Afghanistan. The word Breshna means lightning, which he added as a last name. In 1921, he was amongst the students who were sent to Germany for higher education by Amanullah Khan. He studied painting and lithography at Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. In Germany, Breshna married Marguerhee and returned to Afghanistan in 1931.[1][2]

Death and legacy[edit]

He died on 4 January 1974 in his birth city of Kabul. Most of his artwork was lost or destroyed during the many years of war in Afghanistan. Only some remain, and he is being remembered now as one of Afghanistan's most talented artists.


Breshna's work was displayed all over world like Tehran (1953, 1966), Delhi (1954, 1974), Cairo (1956), New York City (1957), Moscow (1965,1973), Peking (1967), Sofia (1967), Cannes (1971) and Dushambe (1972).[1][2]

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  1. ^ a b c "Afghanistan Ustad Abdul Ghafoor Breshna". Afghanland.com. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  2. ^ a b c "Ustad Abdul Ghafur Breshna". Tasvirafghanistan.com. Retrieved 2012-05-14.