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Naziha Salim: Interesting facts about modern Iraqi artists

With a doodle on Saturday, Google paid tribute to the pioneering Iraqi painter Naziha Salim, who was known for depicting rural life in her work. "Salim specialised in fresco and mural painting," stated a remark accompanying the Google Doodle. She worked for a few more years after graduation.

"She's travelling the world, immersed in art and culture," said a message that accompanied the Google Doodle. It went on to say, "Her paintings frequently use powerful brush strokes and vibrant colours to show rural Iraqi women and peasant life. Today's Doodle is a tribute to Salim's painting style and a salute to her long-time contributions to the art industry!" (sic)

1. Naziha Salim was born in 1927 in Turkey to an artistic family. She attended the Fine Arts Institute in Baghdad and the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris to study art.

2. The date April 23 is significant in Salim's career since it is on this day that her work was featured in the UAE-based Barjeel Art Foundation's collection of female artists' works.

3. Salim's mother was an embroidery artist and her father was a painter. She has three brothers, each of whom made a significant contribution to the arts. Jawad Salim, one of her brothers, is considered as one of Iraq's most notable sculptors.

4. Salim's passion with art began at an early age, when she was surrounded by artists in her neighbourhood, and she began producing her own art pieces.

5. She won a scholarship to study at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris after receiving a distinction in the course.

6. She worked and taught at Baghdad's Fine Arts Institute until she retired.

7. Salim created Al-Ruwwad, a community of foreign-educated artists, and was one of its founding members.