TO PEOPLE’S ARTIST TAHIR SALAHOV
I extend my warm congratulations to You – an outstanding representative of fine arts, with the 75th jubilee.
Bloom of the Azerbaijan art school in the XX century is closely connected with Your name. Your fruitful works characterizing by diversity of topics and genres, richness of art forms and aesthetic perfection, is a special phase in the development of our national culture. Admirers of Your art have always regarded with deep interest Your works with deep emotions and many-sided inner world of the man, glorifying both the romance of creative work and aspiration of humanity to creative activity.
Diversity and uniqueness of Your landscapes and still life is pre-determined by Your particular love to Azerbaijan. These canvases not merely keep traces of brush of a skilled master and glorify the native nature, but also are able to create special mood, are full of challenges to maintain and multiple the beauty.
Worthy of high assessment is Your activity in the field of theater-decorative art. The decorations suggested as unique theater interpreter to the stage works show Your novel approach.
Your works, demonstrated at the art exhibitions, kept in museums in many world countries, not only glorified You beyond Azerbaijan as a great master, but also multiplied the glory of our existing centuries-old tradition of fine arts.
Sure, Your unique works will further worthily represent Azerbaijan’s fine art in the world culture.
I wish You strong health, happiness and success.
President of Azerbaijan Republic
Baku, 28 November 2003