“For over 15 years he was totally oblivious to the ‘Where are you, Sara?’ calls that echoed around the world from the multitude of devoted fans he had unwittingly left behind.
With his absence and Red Baron Publishing gone too, his quiet ‘disappearance’ in retirement from Verkerke, the varied signatures on the artworks created much speculation over the years that followed. Did ‘Sara Moon’ ever exist? If so, where was this reclusive artist now?”
In 1973, Christine Rosamond offered to teach me her style so I could be rich and famous, too. I turned this offer down. In 1985 I sent some of my work to my old friend, Marilyn, so she could show them to Ira Cohen, the gallery owner who discovered Rosamond, and helped develop her style. Ten of the first paintings she did for Ira, were rejected.
Upon seeing my work, that included a portrait of my Muse, Rena Christiansen, he told Marilyn my work was “Too hard edge.” But, if I soften them up, he could sell them. I got his drift. Cohen wanted more decorative fashion art.
Sara The Man tailor made his art to sell. It’s like painting checks. Mr. Bijan could care less about owning an integral artistic identity, because he loved his bank! I just couldn’t do it! If I had I would be rolling in the doe and my daughter would not call me a Parasite?
Above is a photo of Marilyn on the beach taken by her friend, Steven Silverstein, the famous fashion photographer. Steven’s women are the Real Deal, real Fashion Plates. Steven photographed some of the most beautiful women in the world, included the First Lady of France. Perhaps I should have become a fashion photographer?
It’s never – too late!
One of Moon’s women is titled ‘Hippie’. Marilyn was a Hippie. She was my first Muse who feels the injustice parasitical outsiders have inflicted upon my family.
I understand folks don’t like me because I keep pointing out real fakes, frauds, and parasites. That many of Moon’s fans don’t mind that he hood-winked them – is the real study here! Behold the Republican candidates who are running on the platform Democrats are parasites!
Some of my friends wonder why I gave up wanting to be an artist.
EDITORIAL ASSIGNMENTS (Covers*)
Elle (U.S.*, French*, German*, Spanish*)
Vogue (Italian, German)
Harper’s Bazaar (German)
Harper’s & Queen
Marie Claire (French)*
Sara’s Peers – and more …
Below are various images by artists whose work many see as ‘similar’ to that of Sara Moon. In some cases these works have been mistaken for that of Sara Moon and in one case (Christian) the artist has actually released works as ‘Sara Moon’ – see below for details.
Artists’ website links are provided where known. If you know of any other other artist that falls into this category, please let me have the details for future inclusion.
(With respect for copyright, works are all shown as ‘thumbnails’ only.)
The creator of the works that launched the name Sara Moon upon the world during 1976 is a Persian artist by the name of Bijan who lives in Germany. He had been commissioned by Red Baron Publishing of Los Angeles to create commercial artworks of the female form.
Four years later Bijan parted company with Red Baron and nothing by his hand was released again until Verkerke began to publish his art in 1981. For their part, Red Baron continued to satisfy demand for new Sara Moon work by commissioning the artist Christian to paint and sign images as ‘Sara Moon’. You can see Christian’s work here.
With Bijan at Verkerke, this led to works by both artists being released as ‘Sara Moon’ art during the years 1980-82 after which Bijan won the sole right to the name.
With regard to signatures, Bijan’s ‘ Sara Moon’ signature with Red Baron is shown above left. The Sara Moon paintings created by Christian during 1980-82 is shown above center, and Bijan’s more ‘stylised’ Verkerke signature is shown above right.
Bijan still owns most of his original works, but it is feared that many of the early pieces were lost when Red Baron Publishing was consumed by fire (c.1983?) at which time the company ceased trading.*
In Germany, Bijan continued to paint as Sara Moon for Verkerke until the early 1990’s when he retired to a quieter life to teach – out of the spotlight.
For over 15 years he was totally oblivious to the ‘Where are you, Sara?’ calls that echoed around the world from the multitude of devoted fans he had unwittingly left behind.
With his absence and Red Baron Publishing gone too, his quiet ‘disappearance’ in retirement from Verkerke, the varied signatures on the artworks created much speculation over the years that followed. Did ‘Sara Moon’ ever existed. If so, where was this reclusive artist now. Rumours that the artists was actually a Rumanian male hiding away in a small German town, turned out to be quite accurate – though Bijan wasn’t actually hiding – he just didn’t have a publishing contract any longer, nor did he have, or want, a computer. As such his world became a quiet place to relax and teach – and paint – for his own pleasure.
Then, during 2005, Bijan heard about the presence of this Web site and about the activities of the many-hundred-strong Sara Moon Yahoo Group, and with that he stepped back into the world of his fans again. Since then, Bijan has taken steps toward a future that has included the opportunity for us to see new and previously unpublished works and even offered the opportunity to purchase his long-held archive prints, and some originals too, kept in beautiful condition, away from all light for two decades.
That process began In late February 2006, when I was invited to Bijan’s home to meet with him and to view many of his creations old and new. For the story of a day I shall never forget and the beginning of a remarkable friendship, not to mention the beginning of a whole new era in the Sara Moon story, please click here.
• In 2010 Two of those 16 missing painting surfaced. Jennifer and Catherine are now in safe hands once more, leaving fourteen that could still be out there somewhere. You can see the missing painting along with Jennifer and Catherine in the the first section of the gallery depicting Sara Moon Art by Date, here. If you think you have seen one – or own one – PLEASE get in touch, we would love to know that they are still around!
He called a hearty greeting. Thomas descended the steps again and the two embrace with fond words and many slaps of the back. Then Bijan turned to me; arms open wide – warm hugs were mine too.
He indicated we should go indoors and that he would join us in a moment. Bijan’s wife Christel greets us, a glamorous lady with a beautiful smile welcomes us into her home. She is of German birth and though she speaks no English, I understand her Iranian tongue to be so eloquent it once gained her a position as a radio broadcaster there. She beckons me through to their living quarters, a lounge I would guess to be some 30 feet by 18 in size. Its décor looks French Colonial to me with its ornate furnishings, embellished with alabaster and bronze figurines. The walls are a virtual history of Bijan’s artistic life, though all but one that I could see were new to me.
Meet Sara Moon – Bijan Djamalzadeh
ALL IMAGES ARE CLICKABLE FROM HERE
To say I was overwhelmed would be a gross understatement as I tried to absorb the many creations that surrounded me, many looking down upon me through eyes that gazed gently with a warmth so typical of Bijan’s hand. A familiar figure caught my eye, ‘The Thinker’ we call her and then another, so new and yet now familiar as that which has become the April image in our new dateless calendar. Beyond ‘The Thinker’, none of these images conformed to the style so typical of that we know as Sara Moon, yet most bore the familiar sweeping signature that adorned all of the later published works.
Two very nervous new friends
Bijan brought through his shopping bags. He loves to cook, but today Christel would manage the kitchen – there was so much to say and do. Again he takes my hand, embracing me as he may a trusted friend, his eyes full of nervous excitement, his smile a warm delight. He beckons me to sit with him, pointing to the white leather sofa beneath a huge brightly-coloured creation: Three model ladies seated on one sofa in three gracious poses that indicate total oblivion to each other and to the viewers gaze. Each in colours so different to the next as to suggested almost that they were occupying the same space in parallel universes, together, separately, at once and yet not at all.
Steven Silverstein is an internationally-recognized, award-winning photographer specializing in fashion, beauty and entertainment. With dedication to his craft, throughout his 30-year career he has photographed hundreds of editorial assignments (thousands of pages and dozens of covers) for the world’s leading magazines including Elle (French, American, Spanish, German), Italian Vogue, Marie Claire, Vogue Homme, and Madame Figaro among many others. Advertising clientele have included a roster of Fortune 500 companies, mainly in the beauty and fashion industries, including L’Oreal, Cover Girl, Maybelline, Yves St. Laurent, BCBG and Nine West, to name a few. Charlize Theron, Eva Mendes and Catherine Deneuve are just a few of the celebrities he has photographed. In addition, an 80’s Italian Vogue image was chosen for the Fall, 2011 group exhibit “Moda in Italia, 150 Anni Di Eleganza” at the Venaria Reale in Turin, Italy. His work has also been published in numerous books showcasing top photographers and designers, including KENZO (Rizzoli NY, 2010). Over the last several years, he has enjoyed mentoring young photographers in a fashion workshop series that he created in Los Angeles and Paris.