Sarkis Katchadourian American, 1887-1947


Sarkis Katchadourian was an accomplished and highly skilled artist. He first studied at the Reggio Institute de Belle Arti in Rome, next at the École des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, and finally in Munich. Born in Iran, he was notably an expert on Persian fresco painting and restoration, particularly those done in Isfahan in the 17th century and the period of Shah Abbas the Great. In 1932, a catalogue titled Persian Fresco Painting, Reconstructed by Mr. Sarkis Katchadourian from the Seventeenth Century Originals in Isfahan was published by the American Institute for Persian Art and Archaeology coinciding with a traveling exhibition on the reproductions by Katchadourian. Arthur Pope notes in the catalogue,



"Fortunately, Mr. Sarkis Katchadourian appreciated the infinite charm of these murals, and sensed the loss that the whole world would suffer if they disintegrated before they could be recorded."


In 1937 he worked for four years in recreating the almost lost 5th and 6th century frescoes in temple caves in India and Ceylon. At some point in his life Katchadourian moved to the United States and lived primarily in New York City. He continued he work on Persian fresco painting and had a one-man exhibition at the Chicago Art Institute in January of 1943, titled "Mural Paintings from the Cave Temples of India in Replica by Sarkis Katchadourian." This stop was probably the last leg of his traveling exhibition that began at the Musée Guimet in Paris in 1932. He also illustrated Omar Khayyam's The Rubaiyat, translated by Edward Fitzgerald.


Musée Guimet, Paris, 1932

Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1932

Art Institute of Chicago, 1935, 1943

Museums and Public Collections

Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

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