Azim Aslan ogly Azimzade
Azimzade, Azim Aslan ogly
Born Apr. 25 (May 7), 1880, in the village of Novkhany, near Baku; died June 15, 1943, in Baku. Soviet graphic artist. People’s Artist of the Azerbaijan SSR (1927). Member of the CPSU from 1923.
Azimzade had no specialized education in art. His sharply satirical cartoons about politics, religion, and everyday life began to appear in 1906 in magazines such as Molla Nasreddin and Mazali (Humor), marking the beginning of Azerbaijani satirical drawing. These cartoons were associated with the revolutionary struggle of the people and permeated by accusatory pathos. In 1914, Azimzade illustrated A. Sabir’s collection of satirical poems Khop-khop-name. After 1917 he created many drawings for books and magazines as well as easel drawings, including the following watercolors: the series Characters of Old Baku (1937), Ramazan Among the Poor (1938), and Ramazan Among the Rich (1938), all in the Azerbaijan Museum of Art, Baku, and the caricatures The Führer’s Trophies (1941) and The Crow in Peacock Plumage (1942).