The beautifully drawn cartoons of Iranian, Ardeshir Mohassess, who passed away in October 2008.

The drawings here are taken from a May 2008 article in the New York Times on an exhibition: Ardeshir Mohassess: Art and Satire in Iran. Reporter, Karen Rosenberg, wrote: ‘Decades before Marjane Satrapi’s celebrated comic book memoir “Persepolis,” the Iranian satirist Ardeshir Mohassess was making black-and-white drawings whose blend of humor and reportage made him a cult figure for artists and intellectuals in his country.’ Hopefully he is still fondly remembered.  For the full article and commentary on the drawings,  go to:   Mohassess’ work has been said to be ‘above all (an) acute eye (that) observes and confronts power’.

“The body of the martyred imam is also to arrive tonight by plane.” (1977) /

“Long Live the Nation” (1978) /

“The men bent in prayer to God and the government airplanes arrived.” (1977) /

Untitled /

“Alchemy of the Self” (1977) /

“The convict’s execution coincided with the king’s birthday ceremonies” (1978) /

“Today’s martyrs demonstrate in honor of tomorrow’s martyrs.” (1978) /

“A Letter From Shiraz” (1982) /

“The judge’s sight may never be satiated.” (1988) /  More drawings from the exhbition below, but not included in the NY Time article /

“The royal court’s greatest painter accomplishing the most important assignment among his artistic activities,” 1977 /

“The prime minister and his cabinet rest in the royal stable,” 1977 /

“The king is always above the people,” 1977.

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