Iranian illustrator juxtaposes Omar Khayyam and Fyodor Dostoyevsky in painting

An Iranian illustrator exhibited a painting depicting Iranian poet and philosopher Omar Khayyam and prominent Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky as a way to show the cultural interaction of Iran and Russia.

Mahshid Darabi’s works are exhibited on the sidelines of the Iranian Book and Literature stand at the Moscow International Book Fair.

Darabi, who has illustrated several Iranian books, presents his work in a training workshop at the Iran booth.

“There is exceptional interest in Iranian poet and philosopher Omar Khayyam in Russia and great Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky is also beloved in Iran,” she said.

“I tried to create an imaginary space for the purpose of cultural interaction between the two neighboring countries. To this end, I painted each of these individuals as they read each other’s books.

She explained that in her work Khayyam reads Brothers Karamazov and Dostoyevsky reads a Russian translation of the Iranian poet’s Rubaiyat.

Darabi added that they are set against a backdrop of Iranian and Russian architecture as well as ships passing between the two countries in the Caspian Sea.

Also in the foreground, Darabi pictured herself painting and a woman, wearing traditional Russian clothes, serves tea to guests.

Darabi holds an MA in Illustration from Tehran Art University and frequently uses acrylic techniques for his paintings.

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