Birth of a White Rose, 1961

In 1962 Hore won the Delhi-based Lalit Kala Akademi’s coveted National Award (Graphics) for Birth of a White Rose. Guided by India’s cognoscenti around the country’s gallery circuits and artists’ enclaves, Abby Grey acquired such works well in advance of most other American collectors.

Full Moon, 1961

Eyüboglu remains one of the most admired artists in Turkey, not only for his paintings and mosaics, with their appropriations of Anatolian motifs in colorful, modernist compositions—but also for his poetry. Abby Grey met him in the 1960s, when he was making extended trips to the United States on fellowships or to teach. Influenced by […]

A View of Islam, 1961

This work and G1975.40 derive from a pardeh, or printed fabric panel, showing individual episodes that led to the martyrdom of the imam Hossein at Karbala in 680 A.D. Both scenes depict the cruelty inflicted upon the imam and his followers by the army of the Umayyad caliph. The harsh contrast in color, inherent to […]

Poet in Love with Bird, 1961

Cast in bronze, a poet atop a wooden pedestal holds up a perching bird with raised tail feathers. In Iran, poetry has long been the most revered form of cultural expression. Tanavoli’s works reveal his abiding interest in Persian heritage, even as he recasts storied figures in simplified modernist forms.

Myth, 1961

Abby Grey met Tanavoli during the first of her many trips to Iran in 1960. She attended an exhibition at the Saderat Bank, organized by Tanavoli and his contemporaries, which displayed the latest developments in Iranian art. Myth captured Mrs. Grey’s attention immediately. She wrote in her diary, “I kept returning to a large painting […]