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The last survivor of the generation of coffee shop painters

Zanjan – A small room with a roof of wood that penetrates moisture, and an old man who portrays all his love in his art, is an “Torpedo” in a room for the survival of his art.

It is safe to say that Torpedo is the only survivor of the art of carvings, and he is the first person to film film art in Zanjan in Zanjan, and is the first to film the film from Zanjan to Germany.

He tells of the days he sent negatives by post to Germany and was sent to him after months and after editing.


A torpedo tells the days that the art of painting was on the curtain, and the people were sitting at their feet to tell them the pictures of the paintings on the curtains, an art that remains today that remains calm and slowly obsolete.

Coffee is a Persian painting. Dramatic oil painting with martial, religious, and latent themes culminated in the late Qajar and early Pahlavi times of the Iranian constitutional movement. Significant examples of the works of the painters are kept at Reza Abbasi Museum.

The origin of this art is the tradition of storytelling and poetry and soul-warming in Iran, which dates back to centuries before the establishment of cafes and cafes. This painting appeared in the hands of unexperienced artists. At the end of the Qajar and early Pahlavi times, the Iranian art rose at the same time as the constitutional movement of Iran. Subsequently, in the decades of 1320 and 1330 solar, this method was considered by modern Iranian artists, especially the people of the school of Sangkhaneh.

Hossein Mahmoudi, known as the Torpedo, has been painting in his small and small room for many years, engraves on copper, and finally presents his art with all the treasures he has. Torpedo is perhaps the only survivor of the generation of coffee shops that these days can hardly be said today’s generation has no idea of ​​this art.

Beginning of painting from the age of 7

Torpedo introduces herself: “I’m Hossein Mahmoodi, a painter who is torpedoed. In 1319, I was born in Zanjan and now I am 77 years old. I was interested in drawing from the very beginning of my childhood and began to design, and when I reached the age of 16 I completed the design and started painting oil on the canvas. I also dared to paint the Ashura event in a 2-by-3-meter dimension and sell it to a dervish.


He continued: I was not 7 years old, I became interested in art. I was interested in drawing and drawing at that time, and bought with my money pencil and paper pocket. At age 9, I got into trouble. The disciple had a different world for me. My work was near the Amir Kabir Square, known as the Field Circle. I worked in this industry for 2 years.

He continued: Since 1338, my art is a coffee carving, although I continue to continue the art of hooking with a few students. I’m still continuing this art, but the first screen I sold was my second one in meter on a tent for two meters, for which I selected the icon of Abolfazl (a) on horseback and put it I gave the gift to Karbala (Mosque of Abolfazl) and it is now available.


Torpedo says: I had a sister who went to Karbala in the year after her marriage and went to Iran every summer and remained for 20 days, and on the very same days I handed the board to take to Karbala.

There is no support for the art of painting in the country

“It’s unfortunate that the authorities do not support this art while I’m interested in teaching this art not to be lost, but it’s unfortunately no one in the world,” he said, saying that there is currently no support for the art of drawing a house in the country. This field does not go ahead. I now have a workshop that trains 20 people, and each year I will design two curtains with small designs featuring Tasooa and Ashura.

According to Torpedo, the art of coffee is a mental art, and it can not be done on a painting model. I am currently studying the Book of Imam Hussein (AS), which reads: “In the square, Imam Hussein (AS) embraces Ali Asghar (AS), and Omar Saad adds to the holy shrine that Imam Ali (as) To testify “that I depict and portray this scene.

He states that the face of the Imam is only diagnosed with the pupil by pointing out that with the pupil of the eye I draw the face of the characters.

Torpedo tells about the current state of the art of painting: the market for this art has been good for about six years, from Turkey, Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan, and, for example, there is a doctorate who annually orders several paintings on the screen. To give But unfortunately it has been gathered in Iran.

We do not have a curtain in Zanjan

The artist, the pioneer of the coffee house painting, said that the last writers of Solomon, who had come to God’s mercy, said that the past had narrated the paintings on the curtains in the past, saying in the past, we do not have curiosity in Zanjan.

The torpedo continues: The curtain is an art that Darwish must enter into. Now all the movements of Imam Hussein (AS) are carved in my mind. A screen is approximately 80 to 100 scenes. They bring my curtains to the villages and nomads, where they read the events of Karbala as a feature film.

He goes on to say: “In places where this curse goes, there is no literacy.” Darwish promotes Islam to this audience with this curse. Propagation has a more effective effect, since it is shown on the screen of facts and is expressed in the language of the image.

Torpedo insists: I want officials to give me a workshop. After all these years of activity, I want to have a workshop where I can install two screens in this workshop. Unfortunately, in this province I have not given me a workshop for training and continuing my artistic work.

We support Torpedo

Meanwhile, the Director General of the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts of Zanjan province informed the Assistant “Ajdar” and said: “In recent years, the General Directorate has provided assistance in the form of planning for his participation in some of the Azhdar professors Has exhibited.

Yahya Rahmati, emphasizing that helping handicraftsmen and their activities continue to be one of the most important programs of the Cultural Heritage Bureau, added: “One of the important goals of the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization is to prevent the obsolete crafts and traditional arts In this regard, the courses of this art are being conducted by the Cultural Heritage Institute in Tehran.

In the past cafes have attracted people in a multimedia way and entertained them. The person to whom the painter was told to come to the cafe and draw scenes and faces of important historical and epic events, including the event of Karbala. Then the narrator narrated his stories from the same roles with knowledge of sacred or epic books. It helped to bring people together and to preserve our traditional, national, religious, and religious traditions.


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