This work is part of Grigorian's series Earthworks, a group of mostly square-format compositions connected to village life in Iran. Grigorian used natural materials including soil, sand, and mud—typical of adobe-like dwellings—to create textured surfaces. The painting's encrustations of matter create effects of light and shadow that offer a sculptural three-dimensionality. Grigorian organized the first national Tehran Biennial in 1958 after representing Iran in the 1956 Venice Biennale.
Gallery label from 2017.