Sumbatism [Slide show]

When painting in gouache, Sumbat usually used sheets of newspaper at his side to test colors. One day he noticed that the random mix of colors on the newspaper was suggestive of human figures. With a few brush strokes, the paint-covered newspaper came to life showing a crowd in a traditional Iranian bazaar with the printed letters showing through the patches of paint. The style is reminiscent of Fauvist art, particularly that of Henri Matisse. Sumbat never intended to follow a particular style or school, but his own instincts. In time, this style of painting became his signature. The style is popularly known as Sumbatism.

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