THE MYSTERY BEHIND 1970s PAINTINGS BY SARA MOON

THE MYSTERY BEHIND SARA MOON

I am an addict. A Sara Moon addict. I love her paintings and I have a large print of one (see pictures below) - mine is called 'Moshgan' although whilst researching it also appears to be called 'Lisa' - no idea why? I bought her on eBay years ago for £26 and she sits to the right of my desk where I work at home. 

We chat a lot and one day I am going to commission someone to make me a dress just like hers...which I will of course wear with a funny white headscarf like the one she is rocking.

I have to be honest and say that until recently I had never thought about who 'Sara Moon' is. I guess I imagined she was a hippy chick who idly spent the 1970s twirling her long hair and painting these ethereal women. I had such a shock when I looked into 'her' background. 

Turns out that 'Sara Moon' is a nom de plume for a MAN, a Persian artist whose real name is Bijan - he lives in Germany and started doing these pictures for commercial reasons when a publishing company in LA commissioned him in 1976. For a long time no one else really knew who 'Sara Moon' was either and there was big campaign online to find out who the artist was and if they were still alive. 

The true story ruins it a bit really, but I still love his work. He apparently was oblivious to all the fuss being made about whom he might be as he didn't have a computer and he now teaches art part-time and has essentially retired. To read more about who he is and how he disappeared for a while go to http://www.sara-moon.com/sm-other/sm-other-html/who-where.htm

I did a quick online search and you can buy the same Sara Moon 'Moshgan' print (not framed though) as mine at: http://www.popularprints.co.uk/content/view/21/29/

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Lynnette x 



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  • Lynnette on

    Hi Geraldine, send us some photos please to peckmedia at yahoo dot co do uk and let us know the size and what condition it is in.
    Thanks
    Lovely’s Vintage Emporium

  • Geraldine Cummins on

    I have a sara moon print that i am interested in selling..can you give me an idea what it may be worth. i was given it but a former boss in 1982.

  • HIlda on

    I have a painting of Michelle number 3009 bought in the 1970 ‘tis

  • BGibson on

    I have original vintage of Afghan with girl. What is this worth?

  • Megan Dix on

    Hi there , so he was a Male, was the lady he was painting called Sarah Moon perhaps, who was she … did he love her ???



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