‘The Life and Art of Sumbat’ to be Presented at Glendale Library

GLENDALE—Armen Der Kiureghian, the son of Sumbat Der Kiureghian, will present Sumbat’s newly published book, “The Life and Art of Sumbat”  at the Glendale Public Library auditorium on Sunday July 18, at 222 East Harvard Street, Glendale. The lecture starts at 2:30 pm, admission is free.

Born in 1913 to an Armenian family in New Julfa, Isfahan, Iran, Sumbat is the most celebrated Iranian watercolorist of the 20th century. The common threads that unite all of Sumbat’s works are his stunning colors that are at once delicate and vibrant, an inescapable sense of joy and tranquility in his subjects, and a strong appreciation for the life of ordinary people. He moved to the United States in 1980 where he died in 1999. Sumbat lived and created in Glendale, California, during the last 19 years of his life.

Armen Der Kiureghian is a professor of engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He is one of the founders of the American University of Armenia. The Life and Art of Sumbat edited by Armen Der Kiureghian describes Sumbat’s life through a series of intimate stories, letters, pictures and quotations from other writers. It includes more than 180 color reproductions of Sumbat’s paintings, drawings, and sketches.


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