Abdur Rahman Chughtai

Abdur Rahman Chughtai

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Abdur Rahman Chughtai (1899–1975) was a painter and intellectual from Pakistan who was best known for his "Chughtai" style of art, as well has his designs of postage stamps. He was awarded Pakistan's Hilal-i-Imtiaz in 1960, and the President of West Germany awarded him a GoldMedal in 1964 for his accomplishments. He died in Lahore on January 17, 1975.


He was considered one of the most famous representatives of Pakistan and Chughtai’s paintings were gifted to visiting heads of states. Allama Iqbal, Pablo Picasso, Elizabeth II were amongst his admirers. An estimated 25 million people saw his Wembley show in 1924.

His works are displayed at the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Peace Palace (in The Hague), United Nations Headquarters, New York, the Kennedy Memorial in Boston, the US State Department (in Washington, D.C.), President's House Bonn, Nizam of Hyderabad’s Palace, Queen Juliana's Palace in the Netherlands, Emperor's Palace Bangkok, President House Islamabad, Governors’ Houses in Lahore and Karachi, and the National Art Gallery, Islamabad.

Among his famous works are the logos of Pakistan Television and Radio Pakistan and his painting of Anarkali for the cover of a 1992 drama. Additionally, one of the most successful UNICEF cards features a Chughtai.

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