Life and Culture
Sumbat found inspiration for his art in the ordinary life of people in the villages and towns of Iran. Peasants working in the field, a shepherd returning the flock in the evening sun, women baking the Armenian lavash bread in a tunir (ground oven), washing carpets in the river, a wedding procession with musicians playing the zorna and dohol, and women in folk costumes filling water jugs at the village spring inspired him. His renditions of these subjects are not only a celebration of life, but also preservation of images that were soon lost to modernization.
This page contains a collection of Sumbat's paintings of people at work. Click on the thumbnails on the left to see the paintings in a larger size, or click above to view a slide show.