Ismaïl Fatah

Ismail Fatah (1934 – 2004) is one of the most influential artists in the Middle East. He studied at the School of Fine Arts in Baghdad, then went to Italy to perfect his study of sculpture and painting. After returning to Iraq in 1965, Ismail Fatah became head of the New Vision Group in 1969 and created several monuments for public commissions.

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The most famous being the Martyrs Monument in Baghdad. Ismail Fatah's sculptures use a very characteristic formal vocabulary: elongated, crude human figures. These sculptures are reminiscent of Mesopotamian sculptures, a national heritage that Fatah also claimed.
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