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A Scintillating Evening with Merck Marker and Bashir Mirza

A Scintillating Evening with Merck Marker and Bashir Mirza
Forty Five years ago, Bashir Mirza created a series of ten pen and ink sketches depicting people of various regions of the country. These drawings were produced as a portfolio of prints enclosed in a chic folder.
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  • Forty Five years ago, Bashir Mirza created a series of ten pen and ink sketches depicting people of various regions of the country. These drawings were produced as a portfolio of prints enclosed in a chic folder. Enormously popular, they became scattered throughout the world, but one set turned up recently to inspire a prestigious, elegantly designed calendar for Merck Marker. To launch the calendar an evening celebrating the genius of Bashir Mirza, who died in 2000, took place in November, and a diverse audience of diplomats, artists, politicians and members of the business community attended.


  • The event proved to be an evening to remember. The generous hospitality of the hosts included a medley of songs played on the piano, a number of BM’s paintings from Wahab Jaffer’s collection displayed and making its debut, a look by Marjorie Hussein titled: Bashir Mirza: The Last of the Bohemians. The décor was stunning, huge blow-ups of the sketches covering the wall were witness to the linear brilliance of the artist; and how Bashir Mirza would have enjoyed it all.

  • Merck has now established a tradition of producing popular, artistically designed calendars that feature the arts and artists of Pakistan. On display were calendars from previous years showing the paintings of Gulgee; embroidery from Sindh and Balochistan, Haute Couture, and the current version that portrays the diverse landscape of Pakistan as seen by six of the finest landscape artists. The exhibition in Frankfurt where paintings by twelve artists were shown at a prestigious gallery.


  • It was a sparking occasion and art enthusiasts hope that other business houses may follow the lead of Merck in supporting the art of Pakistan.

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  1. Hi. I bought an old and beautiful set of BASHIR MIRZA'sPortrait of PakistanHand-coloured lithographs (8) Each 16" x 13" (40.64 x 33.02cm.)Each signed in plate

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