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Renowned artist Ijaz-ul-Hassan’s book titled ‘Five Decades of Paintings’ which is based on his collection of paintings by Dr Musarrat Hasan was launched at the famous Al Hamra Hall in Lahore recently.
The Punjab Chief Minister, Najam Sethi, graced the occasion as the guest of honour with Senator Aitzaz Ahsan, Dr Akmal Hussain, F S Aijazuddin, Marjorie Hussain and Quddus Mirza also attending the graceful ceremony.
“Because of his painting I was able to understand the relationship between arts and politics,” Najam Sethi conceded. Paying tribute to the author’s wife, the Chief Minister said she was a pillar which had helped him stand among the most well known artists in the history of Pakistan.
“Ijaz-ul-Hassan will be remembered in the history as a politician and a revolutionary artist. His paintings have a spark which connects everyone with the reality. His paintings do not discriminate among class and religion,” Senator Aitzaz Ahsan observed.
“The history which is being taught to us is quite different from the original history of Pakistan and Ijaz has done a remarkable job narrating the real history of Pakistan by his paintings,” Aitzaz reckoned
The book contains 250 special paintings by Ijaz-ul-Hassan alongwith the history and description of all the paintings. Professor Doctor Musarrat Hassan has been acclaimed as one of the most celebrated art historians of Pakistan having authored six books, five of which are about the history of Pakistani artists.
Ijaz-ul-Hassan is recognized as one of those outstanding Pakistani artists who have identified themselves with their surroundings. His work of the seventies established a new trend in Pakistan paintings. In the early period, he employed popular images clipped from print media, posters and cinema hoardings.