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Veteran Iranian artist Abbas Katuzian dies

TEHRAN, April 13 (Mehr News Agency) -- Veteran artist Abbas Katuzian died at his home in the capital on Saturday morning. He was 85. Katuzian passed away two days after the opening of his painting exhibit at Tehran's Niavaran Cultural Center.

A retrospective of Abbas Katuzian's paintings opened at the center on April 10 and runs until April 22.

He once said, "As long as I can remember, I have been painting and I have been a painter. I have always been drowned in paint and colors all my life."

He studied at the Kamalolmolk Academy and served several years as the deputy director of the institution.

"That Familiar Look" by Abbas Katuzian

Katuzian was the only Iranian artist whose works were displayed beside the works of master Kamalolmolk at Iran's Parliament in the year 1973.

He held 27 exhibits in Tehran, nine in Abadan, two in Paris, and one in London. Some of his works are permanently on display at the Astan-e Qods Razavi Museum in Mashhad.

"My love is Iran, the traditions and customs of this ancient land. I have tried to depict the history of independence of this land on canvas with all my love," Katuzian once noted.

His paintings enjoy various themes such as the bravery of Iranian men and women, and he also painted portraits of prominent Iranians.

Over 90 paintings created by Katuzian over the course of 50 years are on display in the current showcase at the Niavaran Cultural Center, which also hosted a solo exhibit of the artist's works nine years ago.

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