• Artforms from Pakistan: Shakir Ali

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    Artforms of Pakistan. Often considered the first important modern artist in Pakistan, ShakircAli adopted European avant-garde styles as vehicles for diverse subject matter. Even his calligraphy, an Eastern practice, is placed in the context of Western painting. However, he had access to and used many different resources, from the ancient Indian paintings in the Ajanta caves and religious art of the Jains to Chola bronzes and Mughal miniatures, in addition to paintings by Matisse and Picasso.

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