Husayn Bihzad

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Husayn Bihzād


Born 1895, in Isfahan. Persian artist.

From the age of seven, Bihzād studied under a master of pencil-case painting. Afterward, he studied under the artist M. Paykar. At age 17 he opened his own studio. He studied art in Europe and the USA. His early works were executed in the style of the old miniaturists, and his later works reflect the influence of European (primarily French) art. His major works are illustrations to Nizami’s Khamsa and the works of Omar Khayyam, Rahimī, and other authors; and pictures on subjects from Firdausi’s Shah Nama, themes from the life of Avicenna, and so forth.


The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.