Google Doodle pays tribute to Naziha Salim, One of the most influential artists of Iraq

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New Delhi: Today, Saturday April 23 Google Doodle is celebrating Naziha Salim, a painter, professor and one of the most influential artists in Iraq’s contemporary art scene. Her work often depicts rural Iraqi women and peasant life through bold brush strokes and vivid colors.

The doodle is a tribute to Salim’s painting style and her contribution to the art. It is a mix of two images — Salim with a brush and her work which always highlighted rural Iraqi women and peasant life through bold brush strokes and vivid colors.

Born into a family of Iraqi artists in Turkey, Salim enjoyed making her own art from an early age. She was enrolled into the Baghdad Fine Arts Institute where she studied painting and graduated with distinction. Owing to her hardwork and passion for art, she became one of the first women to be awarded a scholarship to continue her education in Paris at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. In Paris, Salim specialized in fresco and mural painting. After graduating, she spent several years abroad, immersing herself in art and culture.

Eventually she returned to Baghdad to work at the Fine Arts Institute where she would teach until retirement. She was active in Iraq’s arts community and one of the founding members of Al-Ruwwad, a community of artists that study abroad and incorporate European art techniques into the Iraqi aesthetic. Salim has also authored the book Iraq: Contemporary Art, an important resource for the early development of the country’s modern art movement.

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