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November 17, 2009


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For a miniaturist currently working in Bukhara, Uzbekistan, see Jahongir Ashurov.

Sorry I left out one letter in previous link. See Jahongir Ashurov Again.

Don, you removed my favorite picture-- a musician playing a large biwa, painted almost entirely in monochrone brown. Really nice painting, I thought. Like a song landscape, there really is something so transportive about Persian painting. I bought two inexpensive Kashmiri-Persian style miniature paintings in Leh so long ago and I find I never grow tired of looking at them. Some detail will delight somehow... The British painter Howard Hodgkin (check his 2004 exhibition called Turkish Delight!) is a collector of Indian paintings (Mughal miniatures and Rajput painting) and he described buying his first painting:

"For reasons have often been asked, but can't remember, I decided I wanted to buy Indian paintings. I must have been 14. To fund my first purchase, I went to the races, having got an advance on future payments, and I put all my money on 2 horses. I lost it. I have no recollection of how I paid for it, but I bought the painting all the same--- a 17th century hybrid Indo-Persian picture from Aurangabad....."

It kind of reminds me of crazy Mi Fu's adventures

I have twice longed very intensely for art. Once for a Vietnamese oil painting. And once for a modern Turkish kilim. I stopped myself in both instances. I really, really regretted passing on both instances as both works of art shot up in value to a price I will never now be able to manage....

Still making my way through Istanbul....sigh.

Perhaps the irony of the story is that in the end, Western Art too became representational. Impressionism, Expressionism, Cubism, and Abstract art of all kinds have changed how the West defines beauty and meaning. In a sense, we're back with Herat and Tabriz where form, color and representation of ideas are as much or more a part of our art-forms than the portrayal of an actual person or thing.

But maybe that's because art is among other things, a language. Societies have internal discussions and discussions with each other via their art.

Enishte Effendi was part of a conversation.

And today - as our world shrinks because of communications and ease of travel - our art sort of sprials - full circle - only a little different...

But in some ways, I wonder how different it is from the representational ideas of Enishte Effendi...

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