Saturday, 01 February, 2020

Iranian painter awarded France’s highest honor

Prominent Iranian painter Aydin Aghdashloo was honored on Tuesday with France’s Chevalier of the Legion of Honor during a ceremony held by the French embassy in Tehran.

The medal, which is the highest decoration awarded by the French government, was signed by French Minister of Culture Fleur Pellerin.

The decoration was presented to Aghdashloo by French Ambassador to Tehran Bruno Foucher at his residence.

The Legion of Honour, or in full the National Order of the Legion of Honour is a French order established by Napoleon Bonaparte on 19 May 1802. The Order is the highest decoration in France and is divided into five degrees: Chevalier (Knight), Officier (Officer), Commandeur (Commander), Grand Officier (Grand Officer), and Grand Croix (Grand Cross).

Aghdashloo, born in Rasht in 1940,  is an Iranian painter, author, art critic, art historian and graphic designer.

Besides painting, Aghdashloo is an expert in Iranian pre-Islamic and Islamic art history and artifacts. He assesses items for auction houses such as Christie’s and Sotheby’s.

Aghdashloo has published eight books; three articles collections, two paintings collections and two researches in Iranian art history.

He has been teaching art and art history in a number of universities in Iran since 1981.

Above Image released at Aghdashloo’s Instagram account 

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