Details:

This painting, part of a series, is a response to the November 2019 killings of protesters in Iran, an event known as Bloody November. The composition draws influence from renaissance master painters, particularly Mantegna and Masaccio.
Unframed
Signed

① Artwork:

Martyr 2

This painting, part of a series, is a response to the November 2019 killings of protesters in Iran, an event known as Bloody November. The composition draws influence from renaissance master painters, particularly Mantegna and Masaccio. The concept of martyrdom, attributable to both Western and Eastern cultures, is used here by the artist as a form of “quiet personal lamentation; a homage to the suffered, defeated, pressured, pained and murdered.”

About these works, Khakshoor says: "As I was–and still am–bearing the rage, sorrow, and hopelessness caused by the incident, this [series] came about. The phenomenon of martyrdom is a complex one, [getting] more complicated when it enters the political realm [and] infected by propaganda machinery. Thinking of its loaded connotations and various uses in different contexts, I have named the series Martyrs."

Specs:

22 inches
30 inches

③ Artist:

Morteza Khakshoor

Morteza Khakshoor’s narrative paintings are rooted in art history while also referencing the politics and history of Iran, where he was born. The artist’s work draws influence from renaissance masters, especially Mantegna and Masaccio, for their handling of form and their sympathetic figures. Khakshoor’s work explores the dignity of his subjects—especially those who suffer for their opposition to brutal and oppressive forces.

Morteza Khakshoor:
Martyr 2, 2022
Acrylic on paper
30.0 × 22.0 inches /