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 Muhammad Baqir  (Late 18th century)

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Lived/Active: Iran, Islamic Republic of      Known for: Painting

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PORTRAIT OF FATH 'ALI SHAH QAJAR
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The artist Muhammad Baqir is known as one of the masters of his time; flourishing from the 1740s to the 1800s, he, like his contemporaries, was a versatile artist who worked in oil, water-color, lacquer, enamel and on murals.  In the company of such gifted artists as Muhammad Sadiq (1740s-90s), Muhammad Zaman III (1750s-90s) Abu'l Hasan Ghaffari (1780s-90s) and Mirza Baba (1789-1810), Muhammad Baqir made a lasting impression on the Persian arts, impacting on the decorative vocabulary and the stylistic features of the next generation of artists under the Qajar aegis. 

His monumental portrait "A Dancing Girl" is one of a very few of the period that inspired the following generation of patrons and artists under the Qajars to produce similar portraits to act as politically loaded messages as well as simply decorative works of art.  Whilst the European influence is evident not just in the monumental size of the portrait but also in the recession of the background, the portrait keeps very much to the Persian ideal of beauty, with her rose-bud lips, pointed chin, sleepy eyes and long dark hair.  There is a deep sensuality in her pose, and in the promise of her eyes; this psychological and emotional impact is a distinctive feature of Zandi portraiture with its interest in the emotive.  Moreover the highly decorative elements in the richly-rendered and luxuriously-patterned textiles, as well as the two-dimensionality of the subject identify the painting as distinctly oriental and mark it as a masterpiece of the Zand period.

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