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Scheherazade is a painting created by the American artist Henry Lyman Sayen (1875-1918). The work was made in 1911 and is an example of early abstract art. The painting is inspired by the character of the same name, Scheherazade, who is the main narrator and heroine of "The Arabian Nights," a collection of folktales from the Middle East and South Asia.

Sayen's painting represents the spirit of Scheherazade and the magical nature of her tales, using a vibrant color palette and abstract geometric shapes. Through its shapes and colors, Sayen tries to capture the essence of the stories told by Scheherazade and transport the viewer to a world of fantasy and adventure.

The interesting thing about this painting is that it is one of the first expressions of abstract art in the United States. Abstraction itself was a bold artistic innovation at the time, and Sayen's painting represents an important moment in the evolution of modern art. Despite being a little-known artist compared to his contemporaries, Sayen was a pioneer in his time and his work "Scheherazade" is a fascinating example of how the ideas of abstract art began to emerge in the United States in the early 20th century. .

Sayen was a multifaceted artist who not only excelled in painting, but also in engineering and physics. A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1897, Sayen worked as an electrical engineer and designer of radio transmission equipment before devoting himself entirely to art.

After his education at MIT, Sayen moved to Europe, where he studied art at the Académie Julian in Paris and the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. During his time in Europe, Sayen came into contact with the artistic avant-garde of the time, including the Fauvist and Expressionist movements, which influenced his approach to painting.

Although Sayen died young, at 42, he left an artistic legacy that includes not only the painting "Scheherazade" but also a series of abstract works and landscapes. His paintings often feature a mix of styles and techniques that reflect the diversity of his experiences and skills as an artist.

In addition, Sayen was one of the founders of the Society of Independent Artists in 1916, an organization that sought to promote avant-garde art and offer exposure opportunities to emerging artists in the United States. This organization was crucial in the development and promotion of modern art in the country and continues to be a benchmark in the world of contemporary art.

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