A view of the Ali Akbar Sanati Museum in Tehran.
Tehran/New York (mea) Tehran's Sareban Gallery is displaying a selection of watercolor paintings by the late Iranian sculptor Ali Akbar Sanati.
An interesting selection of portraits, landscapes, animals and still life obtained on loan from five Iranian collectors has been put on display at the exhibition, which opened in March, 2011 in Tehran..
Born in 1916 in Kerman, Sanati studied at the then Kamalolmolk School where master painters Abolhassan Sediqi, Ali Mohammad Heidarian and Ali Rokhsar taught him.
The opening ceremony included Sanati's children, as well as the writer and researcher Hadi Seif. Seif, who has written three books on Sanati, including 'Spirit of Love', and 'Chandelier in Darkness', said at the ceremony: "The master is praiseworthy in his creations, but I have actually emphasized his morals rather than his works in my book. He used to say that his poverty is his pride."
Seif next drew attention to the inappropriate condition in which Sanati's works are being kept at the museum in Tehran, located on Imam Khomeini Square (Toupkhaneh) and added, "We will not have a second Sanati, and preserving his creations is a national duty."
Creations by Sanati consist of over 1000 paintings and 400 sculptures, some of which are kept in Tehran and some remain in Kerman.
Sanati died in Tehran on April 2, 2006. He was 90 years old.
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PROMETHEUS, Internet Bulletin for Art, News, Politics and Science, Nr. 165, March, 2011