Persian Paradises or the Art of Persian Miniature

Persian Miniature 

مینیاتور فارسی

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Seven men sleeping by Claudine Gillot 

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Pastoral scene by Helene Barrieu 

 Hunting scene with does by Ma Padioleau

Western artists discovered the Persian miniature at the beginning of the 20th century, through Persian art exhibitions in Munich 
in 1910, in Paris in 1912 and London in 1931.
As early as the 11th century, in Persia, miniatures described heroes of epic literature and poetry. Persian miniature experienced a turning point with the invasion of Mongols and during the Timourid period (12th/ 16th century). The Chinese influence was found in the drawing and material. These Persian paintings were first designed to illustrate texts; they will be done on separate paper sheets from the 16th century.
Persian miniatures are a paradisiacal vision, materialized in the garden, featuring trees - that can make coexist seasons, fall and spring - fountains, silver  rivers, brightly coloured mountains and golden skies. All the beauty of Persian miniature comes from its magnificent colours and abundant finely elaborated details.

Out of the symbiosis between the Persian and Indian style will emerge the Moghol school in the 16th century. Humayun, Babur’s son (the foundator of the Moghol dynasty) discovered the Persian illustration work and paintings at the Persian Safavid Court in Persia 
(1501-1736). He chose two young Persian painters who accompanied him to India and brought their taste for illuminations or illustrations of manuscripts to the Court. Their role was vital in the evolution of the Indian miniature style.

Nowadays this traditional art of Persian miniature is taught in France 
 and we are lucky to count among numerous students of the great miniaturist  Abbas Moayeri, born in Iran. He was the successor of the famous Master Behzâd – with whom he studied – at the School of Fine Arts of Teheran where he taught Persian miniature from 1967 to 1970. In addition to his sumptuous - highly prized by collectors – traditional miniatures, Abbas Moayeri, as a painter and sculptor ‘has also been doing extensive pictorial research, experimenting a unique way of creation fed by centuries of Persian art along with a western technique which lets the non Iranian laymans enter into the transfigured symbolism of a wonderful world of legend, poetry and ancient wisdom’. He received numerous awards and honors and actively participated in great international exhibitions.





Traditional Arts

Norigae chrysanthemum
 by Claudine Gillot

Oiseau Qadjar by Claudine Gillot

Apsara by Helene Barrieu


We are miniaturist painters, students of the great master in miniature Persian Abbas Moayeri. Extending our study of this unique art, we also went deeper into the specificities of Indian miniature with the painter Mahaveer Swami, brilliant miniaturist, descendent of a Bikaner traditional painters family. Influenced by the Asian arts in a global way, we also sought to discover other techniques, from the use of colors and pigments in Indian painting to the art of Korean knots (maedup) as objects of adornment or the study of the human or animal form in Asian  as well sculpture.

                                     Helene Barrieu, Claudine Gillot, Ma Padioleau



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