Selim Turan was an enigmatic artist. Although Turkish, he spent more than half of his life in France. Born in a mansion in Istanbul in 1915, his family had Azerbaijani roots. Turan was well-versed in the language of modernism and yet one of the works that most inspired him was the book 'The Conference of the Birds' by the Persian poet Farideddin Attar Neishabouri, known as Attar.
Abu Hamid bin Abu Bakr Ibrahim-Attar, (1,110-1221 CE) ― born in Neishabour, northeast of Iran ― was a Persian poet, theoretician of Sufism during the Seljuk period. His tomb is in Iran's northeastern city of Neishabour.