Sohrāb Sepehri (1928-1980)

Sohrāb Sepehri

Sohrāb Sepehri, born the 7 October 1928 a Kashan he is a poet, a writer and an Iranian painter.

Sohrab was an attentive and diligent student and fond of literature and calligraphy, he built tar, he had a beautiful handwriting and even during his childhood he also recited poems.
Sohrāb was an artist always in search, solitary, perfectionist, introvert and humble whose humanistic vision was very broad and exhaustive. He finished his studies in painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Tehrān.
Sepehri's life was spent between traveling, studying painting, participating in exhibitions, and learning and teaching painting, so much so that some called him "a painter poet" and still others "a poet painter".
Sohrab he visited European countries, including Italy, and for a time he stayed in some of them, devoting himself to study and work, and it was from that moment that he became particularly interested in oriental culture; he traveled to India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Japan and China and translated some ancient Chinese and Japanese poems into Persian.
He benefited from the acquisitions of Eastern and Western aesthetics and in his pictorial works he had a new and different approach. In this art he achieved a concise and semi-abstract style that facilitated the description of his poetic explorations in the desert nature.
Among his pictorial works we can remember: "Still life," The poppies "," The stream and the trunk of the tree "," The herbs and the trunk of the tree "," Composition with the colored stripes "," Composition with the squares "and" Desert panorama ".
Some of them are found near Sepehri's collectors and friends and in some museums. He holds the record of the sale price of his works in modern Iranian painting. His paintings have been exhibited in many individual and group exhibitions in the country and abroad.
In addition to creating immortal pictorial works, Sohrāb also left behind beautiful literary works in which paroxysm and fervor combined with nature, joy and enthusiasm are clearly visible.
Among these "Hasht Ketāb" (Eight Books ") is one of the most influential and beloved collections in the history of modern Iranian poetry; symbol of all the spiritual evolutions of the poet who seeks the truth, offers enthusiasts from political protests to the fervor of research and the beginning of a journey into mysticism. Among the works of Sepehri we can mention the following:
- "Eight books", "The death of color", "The life of dreams", "The song of the sun", "The east of sadness", "The sound of the water steps", "The traveler", "The green volume", "We nothing, we look", "The rubble book", "The life of dreams (in verse) and The heavenly room (in prose)".
So far Sohrāb's poems have been translated into English, French, Spanish, Turkish, Italian and other languages. Some stanzas of his poems were also used as a text for the composition of songs and commemorations were held in his honor.
Sepehri switched off the 21 April 1980 for leukemia. His mausoleum is located in the courtyard of "Imāmzāde Soltān Ali" in the village of Mashhad Ardehāl, Kāshān.



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