History Regained: A Modern Artist in Baghdad Encounters a Lost Tradition of Painting

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Abstract

This essay explores how the re-encounter with a medieval history of manuscript illustration laid a foundation for the practice of modern art in Iraq. It focuses on the artist Jewad Selim (1919–61) and his discovery of Yahya al-Wasiti’s illustrations of the Maqāmāt al-Ḥarīrī, but it also marks the ways in which that discovery was mediated by the enterprise of orientalist scholarship, the context of European modernism, and the broader cultural renewal that occurred with the collapse of the Ottoman empire and the creation of new nation-states in the Middle East.

History Regained: A Modern Artist in Baghdad Encounters a Lost Tradition of Painting

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     Eustache de Lorey, “Le Miroir de Bagdad,” L’Illustration, no. 4996 (December 3, 1938): n.p. Illustrations by al-Wasiti, reproduced from a thirteenth-century manuscript of the Maqāmāt al-Ḥarīrī.
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     Abdul Qadir al-Rassam, title unknown, 1901, watercolor on paper, 35 × 27 cm. Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha. (Photo: Saleem al-Bahloly)
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     Abdul Qadir al-Rassam, View of the Tigris, 1921, oil on canvas, 63.1 × 93.2 cm. Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha. (Photo: Saleem al-Bahloly)
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     Akram Shukri, Entrance to the Old Market, 1943, oil on panel, 36.9 × 33 cm. Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha. (Photo: Saleem al-Bahloly)
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     Jewad Selim, untitled, 1938, watercolor on paper. Private collection, Amman. (Photo: Saleem al-Bahloly)
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     Jewad Selim, untitled, 1938, watercolor on paper. Private collection, Amman. (Photo: Saleem al-Bahloly)
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     Jewad Selim, untitled, 1938, charcoal on paper. Private collection, Amman. (Photo: Saleem al-Bahloly)
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     Jewad Selim, untitled, 1940, watercolor on paper. Private collection, Amman. (Photo: Saleem al-Bahloly)
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     Jewad Selim, Ladies in Waiting (Nisāʾ fī al-Intiẓār), 1942–43, oil on wooden board, 45 × 35 cm. Private collection, Amman. (Photo: Saleem al-Bahloly)
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     Jewad Selim, The Sheikh, 1942–43, oil on wooden board, 45 × 35 cm. Private collection, Amman. (Photo: Saleem al-Bahloly)
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     Jewad Selim, Baghdādiyyāt, 1956, mixed media on board, 98.5 × 169 cm. Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha. (Photo: Saleem al-Bahloly)
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     Jewad Selim, The Gardener (al-Bustānī), 1957, oil on canvas, 62 × 52 cm. Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. (Photo: Meem Gallery)
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     Jewad Selim, Two Boys (Ṣabyān), 1957, oil on canvas, approx. 60 × 60 cm. Collection of Rifat Chadirji. (Photo: Waddah Faris)
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     Jewad Selim, Girl, Bird, and Cage, 1958, oil on canvas, approx. 80 × 100 cm. Collection of Rifat Chadirji. (Photo: Waddah Faris)
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     Dia al-Azzawi, Wait for Me by the Surf of the Sea: Youssef al-Sayigh (Intaẓirīnī ʿinda takhūm al-baḥr: Yūsuf al-Ṣāʾigh), 1983, ink on paper and board, 36 × 28 cm (box 39 × 33 × 6 cm), 28 pages (concertinaed). Collection of Tala al-Azzawi White, Bournemouth. (Photo: Anthony Dawton)
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     Mahmud Sabri, Peasants, 1958, oil on canvas, 105 × 70 cm. Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha. (Photo: Meem Gallery)
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     Exhibition catalogue, al-Wasiti Art Gallery. Archive of Dia al-Azzawi.
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     Pamphlet for the Wasiti Festival, Baghdad, April 6–9, 1972. Archive of Dia al-Azzawi.

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