Hasaan Massoudy's elegant calligraphy depicts the four seasons of the garden. From the icy palettes of winter, to delicate spring growth; from the dazzling sunshine and blooms of summer through the fading hues of autumn, he captures in calligraphy what countless poets have wrought with words.
Massoudy draws his seasonal inspirations from writers. artists and luminaries such as Kahlil Gibran. Henri Matisse and Lao Tzu, as well as from Hungarian, Spanish. Turkish and Japanese proverbs.
Hassan Massoudy was born in Najaf, Iraq. He moved to France in 1969, where he studied at L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts. His work has been exhibited throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, and is in the permanent collections of the British Museum and the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, among others. Nineteen books of his calligraphy have been published in France, along with his autobiography, “Si loin de l 'Euphrate: Une jeunesse d'artiste en Irak”.
`Massoudy's calligraphies are arranged to loosely follow the seasons, beginning and ending with autumn: sombre, wintry hues at one end, brilliant tones full of vibrant reds at the other.'
Even the white lilac has a shadow (Hungarian Proverb)
1st edition 2010, PB, 126pp, full colour throughout, 20 x 24 cm