Google Doodle Celebrates Naziha Salim: All you need to know about Iraq's contemporary painter

written by Ritika Nath | April 23, 2022

Google Doodle Celebrates Naziha Salim: On April 23, the Google Doodle paid tribute to Iraqi painter Naziha Salim, who was a pioneer in the profession. She was known for her paintings that depicted rural life. Salim's painting style and dedication to the arts are honoured in today's doodle. Salim with a brush and her work, which has long focused on rural Iraqi women, are combined in the doodle.

Salim's work was featured in the Barjeel Art Foundation's collection of works by female artists, which is situated in the United Arab Emirates. In the year 1927, Salim was born in Turkey. Artists were her parents. Jawad, her younger brother, is a well-known Iraqi sculptor.

Salim’s Early Life

Salim studied art and graduated with honours from the Baghdad Fine Arts Institute. She was one of the first women to be offered a scholarship to attend the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris as a reward of her hard work and dedication for art.

Salim refined her fresco and mural painting skills in Paris. She went on to spend many years after graduation studying art and culture in other parts of the world.

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Why Goggle is celebrating Naziha Salim today?

Ms. Salim was featured in the Barjeel Art Foundation's famous collection of female artists on this day in 2020. Jalal Talabani, Iraq's former president, famously referred to her as "the first Iraqi woman who anchored the pillars of Iraqi contemporary art."

The artist, who was also a lecturer and an author, was recognised for portraying rural Iraqi ladies and peasant life in her paintings. Her work also concentrated on family, especially her own, and working women.

Ms. Salim with her brush is depicted on one side of the doodle, while a variety of her artwork subjects is depicted on the other.

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Salim's work can currently be seen at the Sharjah Art Museum and the Modern Art Iraqi Archive.

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