Muslim Beauty - Alicia Vanasse

This gallery displays works by multiple Muslim artists. The pieces featured come in a small variety of mediums from paintings of oil on canvas to a brass and silver ewer. With all of the negativity that tends to surround the Muslim world as of late, this gallery attempts to highlight not only the beautiful art that Muslims have given the world, and that with the exception of religious pieces, you could not possibly know a person's religion looking at their art, only their talent and passion for their work.

This painting shows a happy mother and child in a field. Given the artist's background and the woman's clothing, it is safe to assume this woman is somewhere in China. The artist of this painting is a Chinese Muslim man named Ha Ding. The artist uses color to achieve the impression of shadow in the woman's blouse and in the clouds and depth with the different shades of green and brown in the fields. There are multiple textures in this painting, the grass, the clouds, the skin of the mother and child, the clothing. All of these different textures help make this painting look even more real.
This piece is a pen box featuring birds and flowers along with two small portraits. One portrait is of a European man, the other of a European woman. This case uses proportion in the spacing between the portraits and the flowers and birds on either side of the two. The piece is very well balanced. The man and woman are painted on the box using very soft lines, creating soft features. There is also a beautiful contrasts between the dark background of the box and the reds ands yellows that make up the art itself.
This piece is a commissioned piece, a mirror case featuring birds and flowers and featuring a man who is most likely Mu`tamid al-Dawla, given that it was under his patronage the piece was made. The focus of this piece is clearly the man, as the light colors draw your eye there first, whereas you actually have to look at the birds and flowers for a moment to make them out.
This painting is an abstract piece representing both her father's journey to the U.S. as well as some of the feelings that the artist thought her mother who passed away may have had regarding her treatment as an immigrant to the U.S. The artist uses colors to and shapes together to symbolize elements of the events that her parents lives.
This Turkish piece, a dish made in the early 1600s, is thought to be modeled after 14th century Chinese porcelain bowl. The Chinese model featured a mythical creature, which was replaced in this Ottoman design by a leopard. The colors used in this piece are very bright and bold. The blues of the draw your eye the the leopard. This is the clear focus of the piece. The pattern of leopard spots is carried out in some smaller elements of the piece, helping to tie it all together.
This piece features a mother cow and a suckling calf. This piece uses very smooth lines, giving the cows a very realistic look. This is also gained with the fact that the artist positioned the animals in such a way that it accurately resembles the way in which a mother cow would stand while her calf nursed. Both of the figures here were also created in believable proportion to each other, making it look that much more realistic.
This piece is an ewer from 1232, crafted out of copper with a decadent silver inlay. This artist used a beautiful pattern throughout the entire piece. It appears as the silver inlay. It contrasts beautifully with the copper and adds texture to the piece.
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