Mahmoud Sabri

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Mahmoud Sabri
Born(1927-07-14)14 July 1927
Baghdad, Iraq
Died(2012-04-13)13 April 2012
Maidenhead, England
Resting placeBraywick, Maidenhead
Known forPainting, Drawing
MovementQuantum Realism

Mahmoud Sabri (محمود صبري) (1927-2012) was an Iraqi painter, considered as one of the pioneers of Iraqi modern art[1] [2] [3] [4] and one of the pillars of modernism in Iraqi Art.[5]

Life and career[edit]

Born 14 July 1927 in Baghdad, Iraq, died on 13 April 2012 in Maidenhead, England. Studied social sciences at Loughborough University (England) in the late 1940s. While in England, his interest in painting developed and he attended evening art classes there. After a successful career in banking, he became a full-time painter.

In the 1950s he pioneered the painting of social and political issues.[2] [3] [4] Later he studied art formally at the Surikov Institute for Art in Moscow 1961-1963. In 1963 he moved to Prague.[1] In the late 1960s he started working on linking art and science.

He was actively involved in Iraq's arts community through his membership of various art groups. He was a foundation member of Jum'at al Ruwwad (The Avantgarde Group; later known as the Primitive Group) in 1950. [6] Led by his contemporary, Faeq Hassan (1914-1992), this group was inspired by Mespotamian art, Iraqi folklore [7] and the 12th and 13th-century poets of the Baghdad School.[8]

In 1971, he published his Manifesto of the New Art of Quantum Realism (QR)-An application of scientific method in the field of art. [1] QR graphically represents the atomic level of reality using building blocks based on the atomic light spectra of elements in nature. He continued to work on developing QR until his death. He had several publications on art, philosophy and politics in Arabic and English.[1] [5]

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  1. ^ a b c d Dr Touqmachi, Hamdi (2013). Mahmoud Sabri, His Life, Art & Thoughts (in Arabic). Amman - Jordan: Adib Books.
  2. ^ a b Chadirji, Rifat (1991). Al Ukhader and the Crystal Palace (in Arabic). London - UK: Riad El-Rayes Books Ltd. ISBN 1-85513-056-4.
  3. ^ a b Alkasab, Saad (2012). The Institution of Aesthetic Discourse, rooting references in modern Iraqi art (in Arabic)]. Beirut - Lebannon: Kutub Ltd. ISBN 9789953554228.
  4. ^ a b Kamel, Adil. "Mahmoud Sabri the Pioneer of the Expressive Realism in Modern Iraqi Artمحمود صبري.. رائد الواقعية ـ التعبيرية في الرسم العراقي الحديث". Iraqi Plastic Artists Society. Retrieved Jan 2013. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. ^ a b Schroth, Mary Angela (2014). Longing for Eternity, One Century of Modern and Contemporary Iraqi Art from Harba Family Collection. Italy: SKIRA. p. 30 and 125. ISBN 978-88-572-1876-2.
  6. ^ Al-Khamis, U. (ed.), "An Historical Overview: 1900s-1990s," in: Strokes of Genius: Contemporary Iraqi Art, London, Saqi Books, 2001
  7. ^ Baram, A., "Culture in the Service of Wataniyya: The Treatment of Mesopotamian Art," Asian and African Studies, Vol. 17, Nos. 1-3, 1983, p. 293
  8. ^ Wijdan, A. (ed.), Contemporary Art From The Islamic World, Scorpion, 1989, p.166

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